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

Michael Morpurgo

Event until 07.07.2018 17:00

Special Exhibition "A Lifetime in Stories" featuring the work of Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse Suitable for Any age Admission £2.50 (Children age 8+)

Friends Annual Concert

Event on 26.04.2018 19:30

The Annual Concert of the Friends of the Museum of Somerset with the New Horizon Singers Suitable for Not suitable for children Admission £10.00 Booking advisable

Cothelstone Hill Walk

Event on 11.05.2018 10:00

Walk led by the History Environment Team and the Quantock Hills AONB team, looking at the archaeology and natural history of the hill. Meet at Cothelstone Hill car park. Part of our 'Somerset Day'...

Talk and Tea: A Race Against Time

Event on 11.05.2018 14:30

The Story of the Kenyon Photographic Archive. A talk by Janet Tall, followed by tea and cake. Part of our ' Somerset Day' celebrations. Booking advised. Admission £5.00 Booking advised.

Finds Surgery

Event on 12.05.2018 10:00

Bring your archaeological finds to be identified and recorded by our expert. Suitable for Family friendly

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