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

Faces of Conflict: Somerset and the First World War

Event until 02.03.2019 16:30

An exhibition of Victoria Crosses, awarded to soldiers from Somerset during the First World War and audio-visual installation exploring the legacy of the conflict.

Faces of Conflict: Somerset and the First World War

Event until 02.03.2019 17:00

An exhibition of Victoria Crosses, awarded to soldiers from Somerset during the First World War, and audio-visual installation exploring the legacy of the conflict.

Strange Tales from Somerset

Event on 16.11.2018 19:00

An evening tour of the museum exploring the folklore and strange tales associated with our museum collections. Suitable for Not suitable for children Admission £10.00 including a drink. Prebook only.

Strange Tales from Somerset

Event on 16.11.2018 19:00

An evening tour of the museum, exploring the folklore and strange tales associated with our museum collections. Pre-book only. Entrance ticket includes a drink. Suitable for Not suitable for children...

First World War Town Tour

Event on 17.11.2018 11:00

Our volunteer guides will take you on a walking tour of Taunton to find out more about the town and its role in the First World War. Pre-booking advisable. Suitable for Not suitable for children...

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