- Museums and Art Galleries
Ages: all ages
Venue type: Indoor
Museum of Somerset
An under-floor Plesiosaur, the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain and a chilling recreation of the infamous Bloody Assizes – you'll find them all at the Museum of Somerset!
Set in the heart of Taunton, the Museum of Somerset 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.
This must-see visitor attraction contains objects from across many of the museum's collections, including geology, archaeology, medieval and ethnography. There are lots of interactives and family areas for visitors of all ages to enjoy.
The museum houses many of Somerset's great archaeological treasures such as the Frome Hoard; the largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain in a single container, and the 4th Century Low Ham mosaic; the oldest object in Britain to tell a complete story: the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas. 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.
Entry to the museum is free.
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Parking Available Nearby
Getting There and Contact Information
Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset and Bristol, TA1 4AA, England
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Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Tuesday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
We have disabled toilets and baby changing facilities available.
Baby food facilities
We have a specific children's menu available for smaller appetites, milk-warming facilities and highchairs available.
The museum shop stocks a range of reasonably-priced gifts, cards, toys and books including the Made in Somerset range of local food and drink.
The Castle Cafe offers a selection of home-made Somerset treats, from soups, sandwiches and salads, to pastries and home-made cakes. We use only the best local ingredients and our home-baked bread is made fresh daily. Sandwiches and salads are made to order. The Castle Cafe provides excellent customer service and well-priced food and drink. Open to museum visitors and non-visitors alike, the cafe has a loyalty card scheme, seasonal offerings and other regular promotions.