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

Writing to a Ghost

  • 4 October 2016 2:30-3:30pm

Untold stories of the Thailand-Burma Railway and the families waiting in Britain.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 per person. Tickets available online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset or from 01823 255088

Toddler Explorers - The Wind!

  • 7 October 2016 10:30-11:30am, 1:30-2:30pm

Discover through play and active learning.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£4.00 per child. Booking advisable on 01823 255088

Haunt of the Hippo

  • 11 October 2016 7:30-8:30pm

Talk by Professor Danielle Schreve, Royal Holloway College, University of London

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £10.00 per person. Booking advisable. Tickets available online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset or from 01823 255088

Coleridge and Kubla Khan

  • 13 October 2016 7:30-8:30pm

Seamus Perry, Professor of English Literature, Balliol College, Oxford will discuss the poet Samuel Coleridge and his work Kubla Khan

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Tickets £10.00 per person. Booking advisable. Tickets can be booked online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset or from 01823 255088

Mick Aston Memorial Lecture

  • 20 October 2016 7:30-8:30pm

Lecture by Dr John Gater, Time Team geophysics expert.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Booking advisable. Tickets £10.00 each. Bookings can be made online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset or by telephone at 01823 255088

The Grand Tour

  • 22 October 2016 7:30-9pm

The Collegium Singers present a musical voyage through Europe's leading capitals of 17th and 18th century culture with music ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£12.50 per person. Booking Advisable. Tickets available from the Museum 01823 255088 or online from www.ticketsource.co.uk/themuseumofsomerset

Dragon Trail

  • 22 — 29 October 2016

Dragon Trail around the museum. For each trail sold a donation will go to The League of Friends of Taunton Hospital.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.00 per child.;

Dino Day!

  • 23 October 2016 10am-5pm

Giant dinosaur fun: dino crafts, activities and dressing up and meet our experts.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.00 per person or £10.00 for a family ticket. Tickets available from the Museum 01823 255088

Dragon Fun!

  • 26 October 2016 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Have a go with some crafty dragon activities.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Free drop-in event

Toddler Explorers - Dragon Fun!

  • 26 October 2016 10:30-11:30am, 1:30-2:30pm

Have a go at some crafty dragon activities

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

£4.00 per child. Booking advisable. Call 01823 255088

Dragon Tales!

  • 28 October 2016 10am-5pm

Beth Webb, local author and illustrator, will be storytelling throughout the day. Donations to The League of Friends of Taunton Hospital.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly

Hallowe'en

  • 31 October 2016 5:30-8pm

Explore the museum in the dark on the spookiest night of the year. Family activities and crafts. Bring your torch .... and dress up if you dare!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3.00 per person or £10.00 for a family tickets. Available from the Museum 01823 255088

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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