Somerset Rural Life Museum

The Farmhouse
Food icon Parking icon Shop icon Wheelchair access icon

The Museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history and provides a family-friendly destination which has learning, access and discovery at its heart.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Easter to the end of October
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.

November to Easter
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.

Last entry 4.30 pm.

Admission charges

Admission including Gift Aid £6.00 adults/£4.95 concessions/£2.75 child (under 18 years)/under 5s free.

Collection details

Social History, Archives

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
'Carl with the blower,’ Burrow Hill apple harvest 25x32cm, oil on paper


  • 3 June — 3 December 2017 *on now

Somerset’s food and farming heritage is celebrated in a new exhibition by local artist Kate Lynch.

The exhibition, called ‘FARM’, includes more than 40 paintings and drawings made on 19 farms, mostly in central Somerset. The pictures are the result of two years of visits to historic Somerset farms where Kate shadowed herdsmen, sheep and pig farmers, apple growers, cheese and cider makers, and growers of willow and wheat. Kate has recorded their family stories and the colourful history of the farms in a hardback book that is being published to accompany the exhibition.

The exhibition marks the re-opening of Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury and runs from 3 June to 3 December.

A series of events will run alongside the exhibition, including charcoal drawing workshops, a talk about Kate Lynch’s project and a Farmers’ Market to include autumn produce from the featured farms.


Museum admission charges apply.



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.

Takeover Day

  • 17 November 2017

Year 5 pupils from a Glastonbury Primary School will work alongside museum staff creating marketing posters for a Christmas seasonal event, devise an educational quiz for primary age school groups, work in reception greeting visitors and helping run the museum shop, work with the museum manager following up visitor feed back forms, spend time in the galleries alongside staff responding to visitor enquiries about the museum collections and partake in a curatorial activity.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Somerset Rural Life Museum
Abbey Farm

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014




01458 831197


01458 834684

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.