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Weston Museum

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Weston Museum

Address/Location

Burlington Street
Weston Super Mare
Somerset
BS23 1PR

Contact

Tel: 01934 621028

Weston Museum celebrates the history of Weston-super-Mare and its surrounding areas from prehistoric times to the present day using the distinctive historic building, the former Weston Gas Light Company, which houses the diverse museum collection of North Somerset Council.

This family friendly museum caters for all ages and through inspiration, learning and enjoyment you can explore our galleries to understand your past and ask questions about the present and future.

Following a two-year major refurbishment Weston Museum is set for a Grand Opening on Saturday 26th August after the £1.6 million Heritage Lottery Fund and Town Council investment, with new galleries, displays, spaces and facilities.

Visit the under croft and experience ‘Seascape’, and the power of the sea. Alf ‘juicy’ Payne, a local fisherman, used the boat, ‘Flare’, for sprat fishing, and also for taking holiday makers on pleasure trips. It was the last Weston-super-Mare flatner boat to be built, (1964).

Explore, ‘A Living Landscape’ and find out about North Somerset from 400 million years ago right up to modern day. Countless generations of plants, animals and people have made their homes in North Somerset. Discover what the area was like as a rainforest, desert and sub-tropical sea and then follow how people arrived and made their homes here from the Stone to the Iron Age, the arrival of the Romans, and into the Medieval period. Explore our Art collection, and then discover how Weston grew from a fishing village into a vast holiday resort through the arrival of the railway in 1841.

Visit our current temporary exhibitions in the William Mable Gallery. Our exhibition programme starts with, Making Weston Museum: the story of the redevelopment, following the 7 year project and the hundreds of people who have worked behind the scenes to redevelop Weston’s much loved museum, the exhibitions runs from 26th August – 13thJanuary. Next year we have three further exhibitions, The Art of Self Expression: tattoos and facial hair through the Ages, 27th January - 12th May, A day at the Seaside, 29th May – 15th September and to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, Alfred Leete: the man behind the icon, 29th October – 12th January.

Weston Museum will be a wonderful day out for all the family, come rain or shine, and after you have explored the galleries why visit our new courtyard café or find that special gift in our museum shop, showcasing the best produce and gifts from North Somerset and the region.

 

Opening Times

Season (22 Jan 2017 - 24 Dec 2017)

* Free-entry. Open 7 days week 10am – 5pm (closed 25-28 December, New Year’s Day and 13-21 January)

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