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

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.

The Art of Harry Frier

  • 19 March — 22 October 2016 *on now

Exhibition

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

The Changing Face of Taunton

  • 4 May 2016 7:30-8:30pm

Talk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£9.50 Booking Advisable

Treasures of the Museum of Somerset

  • 11 May 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Talk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£5.00 Booking Advisable

Talk and Tea - Time Team in Somerset

  • 13 May 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Talk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 Booking Advisable

In the Night Sky

In the Night Sky

  • 13 May 2016 7:30-9:30pm

Space Detectives will bring you an exciting evening learning about the stars in the night sky, the myths and stories surrounding the constellations and how our ancestors viewed the heavens. There will be an interactive presentation suitable for all ages followed by a range of space science activities in which children and grown ups can take part!! And... if the weather is kind, there will be the opportunity to look at our own parent Star - The Sun through a highly specialized telescope which will allow us to observe safely in real time.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£5 per person (adult and child) booking essential on 01823 255088

The Last Royal Rebel

  • 8 June 2016 7:30-8:30pm

Talk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£10.00 Booking Advisable

Hidden Taunton

  • 11 June — 28 September 2016

Every Wednesday at 14.00 and Saturday at 11.00

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3.00 Booking Advisable

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

Website

www.somerset.gov.uk/museumofsomerset

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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