Medieval history with steam nostalgia!
Taunton Castle, Castle Green, TA1 4AA
The Museum of Somerset tells the county's story from prehistoric times to the present day using real objects combined with evocative films, sounds and images, and the voices and words of Somerset people past and present.
ENTRY TO THE MUSEUM IS FREE!
Visit Taunton Castle
Housed in Taunton’s historic castle, the Museum of Somerset tells the county's fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day. Within the 12th century castle walls you’ll find contemporary gallery spaces and great family visitor facilities, all situated within the vibrant town centre.
Discover 400 million years of history
With an amazing nine themed galleries, each with its own distinctive character, there’s something for everyone to discover. Our ‘must see’ exhibits include a 200 million year old Plesiosaur fossil (a type of marine reptile); the impressive Low Ham Roman mosaic; a stunning Bronze Age Gold Torc; the Giant’s Shoes worn by 7ft4 Joseph Sewell; and the Banwell Bear skull of an 80,000 year old Ice Age hunter-killer. The museum also houses The Somerset Military Museum.
There's always something going on for families with activities and family fun days throughout the year.
February & October half term
Get set for the school hols at our Fantastic Family Fun Days - first Sunday of half term
Complete our Egg-cellent Easter Trail to receive your chocolate egg!
Whatever the weather you'll find something for everyone at our family friendly summer exhibition and events
Explore the Museum on the spookiest night of the year - dress up if you dare!
Visit Santa in his grotto every Saturday in December
Entry to the museum is free but donations are welcome. There may be a charge for some activities, events or exhibitions.
Café and shop
The Castle Café offers a selection of home-made Somerset treats, from soups, sandwiches and salads, to pastries and home-made cakes. You can also visit the museum shop which stocks a range of reasonably-priced toys, cards, books and gifts including the ‘Made in Somerset’ range of local food and drink.
The Museum of Somerset is part of the South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage.
January to December
Accept Children Over 3
Accept Children over 7
Educational Visits Accepted
Guide dogs permitted
Guided Tours Available for Groups
In town/city centre
Marketed towards children
Marketed towards families
Marketed towards senior citizens
Marketed towards student/youth
Max group size
Min group size
Of historic, literary or architectural interest
Open All Year
Open by appointment outside normal opening times
Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
Tea / Coffee Shop
Toilets for disabled visitors
Museum of Somerset
Taunton CastleCastle GreenTauntonTA1 4AAUnited Kingdom
T: 01823 255088
Museum of Somerset
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