The Museum of Somerset
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
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).
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.
The Low Ham Mosaic and Judge Jeffreys' medical bill are a few of the many other exhibits to be discovered in the museum.
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
A Life in Colour: The Art of Doris Hatt
- 16 March — 29 June 2019 *on now
The 20th century artist Doris Hatt (1890–1969) was a Somerset pioneer of British modernism. She exhibited her vibrant works over almost five decades, beginning in 1920, and contributed to many exhibitions in the South West.
Doris’s painting style developed over time as she absorbed the major influences of 20th-century modernism, including cubism, purism, abstraction and the works of Cézanne, Picasso, Braque, Dufy and Léger.
Her work includes portraiture, still lifes and landscapes. Clevedon, Watchet, East Quantoxhead and Wedmore are among the recognisable South West landscapes depicted in her art.
The charge for this exhibition is Pay What You Think
'A Life in Colour' - Gallery Tour
- 24 May 2019 2-2:30pm
Find out more about the life of 20th century artist Doris Hatt and the artworks on display in this vibrant exhibition. Drop in event.
- Not suitable for children
Suggested donation £3.00
- 21 June 2019 3-5pm
- 19 July 2019 3-5pm
- 16 August 2019 3-5pm
- 20 September 2019 3-5pm
For those who enjoy a quieter museum visit, including people living with autism or dementia, their families and carers. During our inclusive afternoons the museums are comfortably lit and audio distractions kept at a minimum. A new sensory station and quiet contemplation area will also be available.
- Any age
The Museum of Somerset