Museum of Somerset

The new Museum of Somerset at Taunton Castle officially reopened in September 2011, following a £6.93m redevelopment.

With many new galleries to explore, and extraordinary objects to discover, the Museum of Somerset is a must-see visitor attraction for people of all ages from across Somerset and beyond.

Amongst the treasures on display for the first time will be the Frome Hoard, the second largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain, and which has recently been 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 new exhibits to discover in the new museum.

The Heritage Lottery Fund is the major funder of the museum's redevelopment. Other significant donors include Viridor Environmental Credits, The Garfield Western Foundation, Somerset Military Museum Trust, and Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society.

Exhibitions and events

A Fragile Beauty

Event until 08.07.2017 17:00

A major exhibition of art works by the Camden Town Group

Discover Taunton

Event on 24.06.2017 11:00

A guided walking tour exploring the often surprising history of our county town. Wednesdays at 14.00 and Saturdays at 11.00 Suitable for Not suitable for children Admission £3.50 per person. Booking...

'National Cream Tea Day'

Event on 30.06.2017 15:00

Celebrate 'National Cream Tea Day' with us. Cream teas will be served in the lovely setting of Castle House. Pre-book only Suitable for Family friendly Admission £5.00 per person. Pre-book only


Event on 18.07.2017 14:30

Behind the scenes at the making of the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley. A talk by Mark Simmons, Project Manager for the National Trust at Basildon Park, the setting for...

On Trial For Her Life

Event on 19.07.2017 19:30

The Strange Case of Jane Austen's Aunt. A lecture marking the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. Tom Mayberry tells the remarkable story of her aunt's trial for theft at Taunton Assizes and...

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