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.


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
01823 255088

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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


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.

Michael Morpurgo

  • 17 March — 7 July 2018 *on now

Special Exhibition "A Lifetime in Stories" featuring the work of Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse

Suitable for

  • Any age


£2.50 (Children age 8+)

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

  • 20 March 2018 2-2:30pm

A short talk with one of the Visitor Services team. Suggested donation £1.00


Suggested donation £1.00

Terrible Tales and Ghostly Goings On

  • 22 March 2018 7-8pm

Tour of the museum in the dark ,exploring some of the castle's more gruesome history. Pre book only. Ticket price includes a drink on arrival.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£10.00 per person. Pre-book only.

Great Hall

Family Fun - Romans

  • 31 March 2018

Crafts and activities based around the Museum's Roman mosaics and collections. Drop-in 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 3.30 pm.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Talk and Tea

  • 13 April 2018 2:30-3:30pm

Curator Amal Khreisheh will talk about the creation of the new Weston Museum. Followed by tea and cake. Booking advisable.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£5.00. Booking advisable

Castle Tour

  • 20 April 2018 2-3pm

Discover more of the hidden history of our castle through the ages. The tour includes a number of steep and uneven steps. Pre-book only.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£3.50 Pre-book only

Friends Annual Concert

  • 26 April 2018 7:30-9pm

The Annual Concert of the Friends of the Museum of Somerset with the New Horizon Singers

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£10.00 Booking advisable

The Museum of Somerset
Taunton Castle
Castle Green




01823 255088

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