The Museum of Somerset
The Museum of Somerset
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.
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
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).
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.
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
Somerset Remembers Community Archive
- 19 June 2014 — 1 April 2015 *on now
As part of the lottery-funded Somerset Remembers project, we have developed an Online Community Archive where people can share the First World War photographs, letters, research and stories.
We are hoping people will get involved with the archive and help to create a major historical resource for future generations.
It is important to understand that everyone in the Somerset community can play a part in this project. Please encourage your visitors, colleagues, friends and family to use the archive.
Do you have pictures, letters, diaries, or war records from a family member who was involved? Did a relative serve with the Somerset Light Infantry? Have you reaserched Somerset's county regiments? Is there a Red Cross nurse in the family? Or have you been researching a Somerset location to mark the centenary?
You can contribute to the project or read the fascinating accounts of Somerset men and women by visiting:
The Somerset Remembers project is being led by Somerset Heritage Service and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To find out more about the Somerset Remembers project visit the blog: www.somersetremembers.wordpress.com
- Any age
Somerset in the First World War: Research Symposium
- 22 March 2015 9:30am-5pm
To mark the end of the Somerset Remembers project the Museum of Somerset is offering the opportunity for the public to listen to research about the impact of the conflict on subjects including mental health, the Somerset Light Infantry and the creation of war memorials.
Admission includes lunch.
£12 includes lunch