Myths and Monsters Exhibition

The Museum of Somerset, Taunton Castle, Castle Green, TA1 4AA

12 Jul - 29 Oct 2022


Explore the fantastical world of your imagination

Myths and Monsters Exhibition

Monsters have been around since the earliest myths and legends, keeping us terrified and captivated for millennia. The imaginations of some of the world’s most celebrated illustrators and artists bring them to life.

In this new exhibition see over 70 artworks by 17 of our most-celebrated children’s book illustrators.

Star contributors include:

Axel Scheffler – The Gruffalo, Zog and the Flying Doctors, Pip and Posy
Chris Mould – The Iron Man
Jim Kay – A Monster Calls
Kristina Stephenson – The Museum of Marvellous Things, Sir Charlie Stinky Socks
Lydia Monks – What the Ladybird Heard, Sugarlump and the Unicorn
Chris Riddell – The Cloud Horse Chronicles
Victoria Topping – Mythologica: An encyclopedia of gods, monsters and mortals from ancient Greece
The Myths & Monsters exhibition is open daily Tuesday to Saturday, 12 July to 29 October.

The charge is Give What You Think.

Add Your Monster In A Jar to the Exhibition

Watch the film to find out how to create your own Monster In A Jar exhibit for our Museum of Marvellous Things. Bright, frightful and imaginative – anything goes. Bring your creation to our friendly team at the museum for your chance to be included in the Myths and Monsters exhibition. We’re sorry but we will be unable to return your monsters.

Monster Make & Create Activities
Drop-in activities are taking place throughout the school holidays. Activities are £2 per child.

Museum of Marvellous Things – Summer Trail

Children’s author and illustrator Kristina Stephenson has created a special trail for young visitors this summer. Based on her book, The Museum of Marvellous Things, the trail features original illustration and a rhyming story. Can you answer Professor T Pott’s questions about the museum to win a prize? (£1 per child)

Tuesday 26 July, Thursday 18 Aug
Monster Finger Puppets
Make up your own tales of wonder with finger puppets! Create your own characters and tell stories of monsters and mayhem.

Wednesday 27 July, Wednesday 10 August, Wednesday 24 August
Museum of Marvellous Things – Craft Activities
Craft activities with author and illustrator Kristina Stephenson inspired by her fun and fabulous books, The Museum of Marvellous Things and Sir Charlie Stinky Socks.

Thursday 28 July, Tuesday 9 August, Thursday 25 August
Book Swap and Story Telling
Which Monsters, fierce or friendly, leap from the pages of your favourite book? Bring a book you’ve enjoyed and swap it for another one full of daring adventures. Listen to much-loved stories and hear tales from Somerset. Pick up your pencil for some drawing activities, or write your own beastly story about glittering sea monsters or drooling dragons!

Tuesday 2 August, Thursday 1 September
Monster Masks and Magnets
Bring the monsters of your imagination to life. Get creative and make a monster mask to wear. Make a monster magnet.

Wednesday 3 August, Wednesday 17 August, Wednesday 31 August
Museum of Marvellous Things – Performance
Join author and illustrator Kristina Stephenson for a Museum of Marvellous Things storytelling show. Shows start at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm. On 3 Aug there will also be visiting birds of prey, on 17 Aug visiting farm animals and on 31 Aug you can meet an animatronic dinosaur.

Thursday 4 August
Monster Dream Catchers
Don’t be scared by any monster – make a monster dream catcher.

Thursday 11 August, Tuesday 23 August
Monsters and Mythical Games
Design a legendary board game or maze. Discover 3,000 years of gaming history and play games from the past.

Tuesday 16 August, Tuesday 30 August
Modelling Monsters
Imagine a mythical beast and bring it to life in this monster modelling craft activity.

Opening Hours

Tuesday, 12th July 2022 - Saturday, 29th October 2022
10am - 5pm


Activities are £2 per child


Myths and Monsters Exhibition
The Museum of Somerset
Taunton Castle
Castle Green

T: 01823 255088



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