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.

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

Admission

£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.

Taunton - Then and Now

  • 26 May 2018 11am-12pm

A volunteer led tour of the town inspired by our exhibition 'The World Before Yesterday: The Photography of Stanley Kenyon'. Booking advised.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3.50 booking advisable.

Choose Your Own Adventures

  • 26 May — 2 June 2018

Museum trail, inspired by our exhibition: "Michael Morpurgo: A Lifetime in Stories"

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

£1.00 per child.

Puppet Animals - Family Drop-in Activities

  • 29 May 2018 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm
  • 30 May 2018 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm
  • 31 May 2018 11am-1pm, 2-3:30pm

Inspired by the animals in Michael Morpurgo's books: make a puppet to take home and create your own puppet show.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£1.00 per child

Hydrographic Day

  • 1 June 2018 11am-3pm

Family fun for World Hydrographic Day. Free to attend and suitable for all ages, this event is organised by the UK Hydrographic Office and the Museum of Somerset

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free of charge

Taunton Then and Now

  • 2 June 2018 11am-12:30pm
  • 9 June 2018 11am-12:30pm
  • 16 June 2018 11am-12:30pm
  • 23 June 2018 11am-12:30pm
  • 30 June 2018 11am-12:30pm

A volunteer led walking tour of Somerset's county town, inspired by the photography of Stanley Kenyon. Booking advisable.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£3.50 per person. Booking advisable from the museum 01823 255088

In Praise of Lord Trenchard: Son of Somerset, Father of the Royal Air Force

  • 14 June 2018 7:30-8:30pm

Talk by Tom Mayberry, Chief Executive of the South West Heritage Trust. Booking advisable.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£9.50 per person Booking advisable from the museum 01823 255088.

National Cream Tea Day

  • 29 June 2018 3-4:30pm

Enjoy a cream tea in the beautiful surroundings of Castle House. Pre-book only

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£5.00 per person. Pre-book only. 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@swheritage.org.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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