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

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

Terrible Tales and Ghostly Goings On

Event on 22.02.2018 19:00

Tour of the museum in the dark ,exploring some of the castle's more gruesome history. Pre book only. Ticket price includes a drink on arrival. Suitable for Not suitable for children Admission £10.00...

The Buildings of Somerset - Revising Pevsner

Event on 08.03.2018 19:30

Julian Orbach is an author and lecturer in architectural history. He was architectural adviser to the Victorian Society in 1975-7 and wrote the Blue Guide to Victorian Buildings in Britain, published...

Research Your House History

Event on 09.03.2018 14:30

Research your house history with Senior Archivist Esther Hoyle from the Somerset Archives team. Followed by tea and cake. Admission £5.00 - booking advised.

An Imperial Sunset: The Somerset Light Infantry and Indian Independence

Event on 13.03.2018 14:30

A talk by Lieutenant Colonel David Elliott to mark the return of the Somerset Light Infantry from India on 17 March 1948. Booking advisable. Admission £4.00 per ticket. Booking advisable.

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