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
- 21 April — 4 July 2015 *on now
Waterloo Lives... 18 June 1815.. a day that changed lives... discover the 200 year leagcy of the battle of Waterloo
Exhibtion open during normal opening hours 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday plus bank Holiday Mondays
Favourite objects & First World War Taunton tour
- 14 May 2015 5-9pm
The Museum will be open until 8pm with short gallery talks on our favourite objects. There will also be an opportunity to go on a tour around Taunton town centre looking at the links to World War One.
- Any age
The museum is open for Free, tours of the town can be booked in advance by ringing 01823 255088 and cost £3pp
- 22 May 2015 2:30-3:30pm
This event will be held in the Learning Room
- Not suitable for children
£5 Booking advised. Please ring 01823 255088
Choral Favourites from Five centuries
- 23 May 2015 7am-9pm
ranging from the glorious late renaissance polyphony of Thomas Tallis and William Byrd, to the present day. concert starts at 7.30pm but there is a talk at 7pm
£12 Booking advised on 01823 255088