The Museum of Somerset
Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th Century Taunton Castle and tells the county’s story from prehistoric times to the present day.
Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset lies within the 12th Century Taunton Castle and tells the county’s 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, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes – the Museum of Somerset is a must-see visitor attraction, containing 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 temporary exhibitions and activities such as family drop-in sessions and ‘talk and tea’ with a curator. There is also a programme of special events, including evening talks, music and outdoor theatre.
The museum caféoffers home-made Somerset treats, and is the perfect venue for a light lunch or afternoon tea.
Serving morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas, the café offers a selection of home-made, locally-sourced Somerset treats. Sit inside our light and airy café, or enjoy your refreshments in the beautiful castle courtyard.
The museum shop stocks a wide range of reasonably-priced souvenirs, gifts, cards, toys and books, and the ‘Made in Somerset’ range of local food, drink and gifts.
FREE ENTRANCE – donations towards running cost appreciated.
10.00am – 5.00pm (last entry 4.30pm) Tuesday to Saturday, and Bank Holiday Mondays.
The Museum of Somerset
Somerset TA1 4AA
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