Somerset County Museums Service

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What We Do:

Collect, conserve, research, communicate and exhibit material evidence of human activity and the natural environment.

Offer facilities at our museums in Taunton, Glastonbury and Bridgwater for visitors to discover, learn about and enjoy Somerset’s fascinating history and heritage. Many of our collections are on public display whilst more are available for study by appointment.

Work with and support other museums and heritage organisations in Somerset to promote and develop the county’s heritage.

Answer enquiries and identify items for you. We have specialist staff in: geology, natural history, archaeology, textiles, and social history.

We are part of Somerset County Council’s Heritage Service, which also includes the Archive Service, the Historic Environment Service and Victoria County History of Somerset.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Mon - Fri 8.30-17.00

Closed: Sundays, New Years Day, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and other days at Christmas see

Admission charges

Admission free; subscription details available

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Somerset County Museums Service
Taunton Castle
Castle Green




01823 320200


01823 320229

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.