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.

A Fragile Beauty

  • 25 March — 8 July 2017 *on now

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.

Free Family Fun - Ice Age

  • 27 May 2017 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm *on now

Explore the awesome Ice Age at this free family fun event

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Amazing Archaeology!

  • 31 May 2017 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Drop in event with crafts and activities

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4

Admission

£1.00 per child.

Talk and Tea - Archives and the Weather

  • 9 June 2017 2:30-3:30pm

A talk by curator Jane de Gruchy followed by tea and cake. Booking advisable.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 per person

Discover Taunton

  • 24 June — 30 September 2017

A guided walking tour exploring the often surprising history of our county town.
Wednesdays at 14.00 and Saturdays at 11.00

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3.50 per person. Booking advisable.

'National Cream Tea Day'

  • 30 June 2017 3-4:30pm

Celebrate 'National Cream Tea Day' with us. Cream teas will be served in the lovely setting of Castle House. Pre-book only

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00 per person. Pre-book only

Netherfield

  • 18 July 2017 2:30-3:30pm

Behind the scenes at the making of the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley. A talk by Mark Simmons, Project Manager for the National Trust at Basildon Park, the setting for Netherfield. Booking advised.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 per person. Tickets available from the Museum or from www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset

On Trial For Her Life

  • 19 July 2017 7:30-8:45pm

The Strange Case of Jane Austen's Aunt. A lecture marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. Tom Mayberry tells the remarkable story of her aunt's trial for theft at Taunton Assizes and evokes the lost world of Pride and Prejudice. Booking advised.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£9.50 per person. Tickets available from the Museum of www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset

Live! At the Pump Room with Jane

  • 20 July 2017 2:30-4pm

Music and song, witty asides and polite character dissections, and the inside story about Mr Darcy. Booking advised.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12.00 per person. Tickets from the Museum or from www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset

Book Club Coffee Morning

  • 21 July 2017 10:15am-12pm

A coffee morning with a difference. A light-hearted chance to talk and discover more about Jane Austen's novels. Open to all those who love Jane Austen, expert or not! Booking advisable. Ticket price includes refreshments.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £4.00 per person. Available from the Museum or 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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