The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

4.7
Set in the heart of Taunton, The Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th century Taunton Castle and tells the county’s fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day, using real objects, interactive games, eye-catching film projections and the words and voices of Somerset people, past and present.

From an under-floor Plesiosaur, to the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain, in a single pot, and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes – The Museum of Somerset is a must-see visitor attraction. It contains objects from across many of the museum’s collections, including geology, archaeology, medieval and ethnography. The museum also houses the Somerset Military Museum.

As well as the permanent galleries, the museum offers regularly changing exhibitions and activities such as family drop-in sessions and ‘talk and tea’ with curators or special guests. There is a programme of special events, including evening talks, music and outdoor theatre.

The Museum of Somerset is part of The South West Heritage Trust; a new independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage. The Trust brings together services previously provided by Somerset and Devon County Councils, who remain our main funders. Services include the widely-praised Museum of Somerset, Somerset Rural Life Museum, and state-of-the-art facilities in Taunton and Exeter to care for the extraordinary archive collections of the two counties. We also provide essential advice about the historic environment and manage historic sites including the remarkable Cothelstone Hill in Somerset.

For more information:

http://museumofsomerset.org.uk/

www.swheritage.org.uk

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  • Great place to take the kids it never gets boring for them and u get too have a cheep day out as it’s free to go in unless u pay to do the activities u don’t pay to enter  more »
  • We spent at least 3 hours in this amazing museum. Well worth the visit for all ages. I particularly enjoyed the military exhibition on top floor.  more »
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  • Really clean and informative museum with plenty to see. They have trails on for children to go and find things/information to help them interact with the displays . Our second visit to here and Definitely one of my daughters favourite museums. Cafe is well priced as well, serving a good bacon buttie.
  • Excellent collection of items giving a taste of Somerset from prehistoric times until the modern day. Huge amount to see,so give yourself time. We started from fossils and early man, spent a while with the stunning Roman mosaic and numerous items and the drifted through the Middle Ages (some great carving) but ran out of time after the Tudors and had to stop with Cromwell and The Civil War. We will return.nice xafe. Super, friendly staff and it's located in a castle. Brilliant.
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