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

Free Family Fun - Ice Age

Event on 27.05.2017 11:00

Explore the awesome Ice Age at this free family fun event Suitable for 0-4 5-6 7-10

Amazing Archaeology!

Event on 31.05.2017 11:00

Drop in event with crafts and activities Suitable for 5-6 7-10 0-4 Admission £1.00 per child.


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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