The Wiltshire Museum has the best Bronze Age collections in Britain. The collections in the Museum, together with its Library and Archive, are Designated Collections of national significance. Founded over 150 years ago, it preserves the rich archaeological and historical treasures and records of Wiltshire, including the World Heritage Site of Avebury and Stonehenge.
Museum, Library, Archive, Gallery
GIFT AID ADMISSION:*
Children under 16: FREE (Excluding school groups)
- Museums Association
- English Heritage
- National Art Pass
We welcome researchers of all types, but please contact us before you intend to visit. Find out more from our Research Charter at
Most of our collections are online - please see our website.
The entire collections of Wiltshire Heritage Museum are Designated Collections of national importance.
The collections contain Early Bronze Age items, along with objects related to the World Heritage Sites of Avebury and Stonehenge including gold ornaments and jewellery made of various materials. The displays also include outstanding and Iron Age, Roman, Saxon and Medieval collections.
Social history collections concentrate on the more recent history of the town of Devizes. The museum also has natural history collections allowing visitors to explore the geology and wildlife of Wiltshire. A selection of the extensive art collection that relates to the county is on display.
Trade and Commerce, Social History, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture
Key artists and exhibits
- Works by John Piper and David Inshaw are on permanent display. The Museum's collection also includes works by Graham and Ann Arnold, James Bridges, John Buckler, A V Copley Fielding, Philip Crocker, Sir Richard Colt Hoare, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Lord Methuen,
- Henry Moore, Samuel Prout, Augustin Pugin and Robin Tanner. These may be viewed by prior arrangement. A selection of 185 paintings, drawings and prints from the collection have been published in Art in Wiltshire available from the Museum bookshop.
- Designated Collection
Wiltshire Remembers: aftermath of the First World War
- 20 October 2018 — 23 February 2019
his moving exhibition. curated by Richard Broadhead, features a Wall of Remembrance dedicated to the 10,000 Wiltshire fallen of the First World War, including men and women who were members of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (WANHS).
The exhibition will include:
A Wall of Remembrance for the 10,000 who are on memorials, born, buried or associated with Wiltshire. This has never been achieved before and to gaze on the name of the fallen will be a very emotional experience.
A memorial to the men and women members of the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (the Society) who fell in the Great War. This is the first time the names of members or children of members who fell in the Great War, including the Curator’s son and some other surprising characters, who if they had lived would have contributed to the future of the Society.
The names form a list of the great and the good from the county of Wiltshire. Find out more about some of their stories including the grave of a member visited by the King.
Great War Archaeology in Wiltshire and its ongoing legacy. So much of the Great War archaeology still exists – see some surprising artefacts which have survived for 100 years and the stories of the men who left their mark on Wiltshire.
Great War Memorials in Wiltshire. How and why we have so many of them today and the process that led to their creation and erection was not always a civil process.
The exhibition will feature the stories of the people who lived, fought, died and survived the conflict – a truly fitting memorial dedicated to those who gave all in the Great War.
This is Wiltshire Museum’s tribute to them, and features stories of some of those who fought, died and survived the conflict.
We Are Remembering Them!
Richard's exhibition is included in the normal admission charge for the Museum
41 Long Street