The Museum of Somerset

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An under-floor Plesiosaur, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes – you’ll find them all at the Museum of Somerset!

Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset lies within the historic 12th Century Taunton Castle.

This must-see visitor attraction tells the county's story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive games, eye-catching film projections and the words and voices of Somerset people, past and present.

The museum houses many of Somerset’s great archaeological treasures such as the Frome Hoard; the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain in a single container, and the 4th Century Low Ham mosaic; the oldest object in Britain to tell a complete story - the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas. The museum also houses the Somerset Military Museum.

As well as the permanent galleries, the museum offers regularly changing temporary exhibitions and activities such as family drop-in sessions and ‘talk and tea’ with a curator. There is also a programme of special events, including evening talks, music and outdoor theatre.

FREE ENTRY.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10:00am to 5:00pm
The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, TA1 4AA
museumofsomerset@somerset.gov.uk
01823 255088

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

10.00am - 5.00pm (Last entry 4.30pm)
Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays

The museum is open on Good Friday and Easter Bank Holiday Monday (closed Easter Sunday).

Admission charges

Free

Amongst the treasures on display for the first time is the Frome Hoard, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in a single container in Britain, and which was saved for the nation following a national fundraising appeal.

A shrunken head from South America and Judge Jeffreys' medical bill are a few of the many other exhibits to be discovered in the museum.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Weapons and War, Coins and Medals, Science and Technology, Social History, Medicine, Personalities, Religion

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Royal Photographic Society International Print Exhibition

  • 14 January — 11 March 2017 *on now

Selected from a worldwide open call, by a panel of industry professionals, the exhibition showcases a rich variety of photographic genres and styles, and gives a fascinating insight into the range and diversity of photographic work being created today.

Exon Domesday

  • 4 February — 1 April 2017 *on now

A unique document from the age of William the Conqueror. The only surviving draft of Domesday Book, covering the western counties of Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, as well as parts of Dorset and Wiltshire.

A Fragile Beauty

  • 25 March — 8 July 2017

A major exhibition of art works by the Camden Town Group

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Gallery Talk

  • 28 March 2017 2-2:30pm

A short talk by one of the Visitor Services Team

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Suggested donation £1.00 per person. Call 01823 255088

Terrible Tales and Ghostly Goings On!

  • 23 March 2017 7-8pm

A tour of the Museum in the dark, exploring some of the Castle's more gruesome history!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Must be booked in advance. £10 per ticket including a drink on arrival.

Victorian School in Castle House

  • 25 February 2017 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Take part in a lesson and learn more about a Victorian childhood.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Blow Away the Morning Dew

  • 4 March 2017 10am-1pm

Come and sing lost Somerset folk songs with Yvette Staelens. Discover beautiful melodies, folk poetry and the music of the people. All abilities welcome - no need to read music.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£18.00 per person. Pre book only

Exon Domesday

  • 9 March 2017 7:30-9pm

Exon Domesday is a unique document from the age of William the Conqueror. It was created as part of a vast survey of England. It is the only surviving draft of Domesday Book.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£8.50 per person. Booking Advisable.

Talk and Tea

  • 10 March 2017 2:30-3:30pm

A talk by Chris Lewis. How William the Conqueror's great land tax of 1086 was collected in Somerset. Followed by tea and cake.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 per person. Booking Advisable.

Celebrated but Seedy

  • 27 April 2017 7:30-9pm

A talk by Richard Kay, art historian and Director of Pictures at Lawrences, Crewkerne, on the life of Camden Town artist Walter Sickert.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£15.00 per person, including wine and cheese. Pre-book only.

Family Fun Day

  • 29 April 2017 11am-4pm

Explore the history, heritage and archaeology of the Blackdown Hills - the landscape which inspired the Camden Town artists. In partnership with the Blackdown Hills AONB.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Camping De-Luxe

  • 9 May 2017 7:30-9pm

Dr Kathryn Ferry, author of the Official History of Butlin's, will look at the heyday of Britain's most famous holiday camps from their debut in the 1930s to their expansion in the 1960s, when the camp at Minehead was opened.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£9.50 per person. Tickets from the museum or at www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset

The Museum of Somerset
Taunton Castle
Castle Green
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 4AA
England

Website

https://museumofsomerset.org.uk/

E-mail

museumofsomerset@somerset.gov.uk

Telephone

01823 255088

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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