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

Henry VII - The First Royal Portrait

Event until 06.01.2018 17:00

An extraordinary image of the Tudor king in Taunton Castle where he faced the rebel leader, Perkin Warbeck

Colours of Exile

Event until 03.03.2018 17:00

The art of Hans Schwarz. Vibrant paintings of places and people by the Austrian artist who made his home in London and West Somerset

An Amici Christmas

Event on 15.12.2017 19:30

Eclectic mix of choral music, including festive favourites, some songs from the shows and audience participation. Admission £12.50 per person. Pre-booking advisable.

Two Course Festive Lunch

Event on 21.12.2017 12:30

Buffet style festive lunch served in the delightful surroundings of Castle House. Pre-book only. Admission £12.50 per person. Pre-book only.

A Tudor Christmas

Event on 28.12.2017 10:00

Music, crafts and re-enactors as part of the Henry VII exhibition. Suitable for Any age Admission There is a small charge for some craft activities.

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