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

Mick Aston and Somerset Archaeology

Event until 19.10.2017 20:30

A Mick Aston Memorial Lecture by Bob Croft, County Archaeologist. Booking Advisable. Suitable for Not suitable for children Admission £9.50 per person. Booking Advisable.

Colours of Exile

Event on 21.10.2017 10:00

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

Royal Family Fun

Event on 21.10.2017 10:00

Enjoy our new Castle Trail, and a 'Royal Selfie' photo opportunity! Part of the Henry VII exhibition. Suitable for Any age Admission £1.00 per child

Taunton Carnival Mask/Hat Making

Event on 21.10.2017 10:30

This year's theme is 'colour' inspired by our Hans Schwarz exhibition. All materials provided. There will be prizes for the best masks and hats produced on the day. Judging will be at Suitable...

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