The Museum of Somerset

Somerset County Council

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The Museum of Somerset displays nine oil paintings from the collections cared for and managed by Somerset Museums Service. 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, interactives, 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 silver denarii 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 of Somerset is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am–5pm. If you are planning a visit to see a particular painting, please check with the Museum in advance. Paintings can sometimes be moved at short notice and opening times may vary.

Taunton Castle, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4AA England

01823 255088

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