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Museum of Somerset

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Museum of Somerset


Taunton Castle
Castle Green


Tel: 01823 255088


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.

Activities and events

For families there are activities throughout the galleries including dressing up like a Roman and in military uniform, making ammonites and mosaics, building towers and arches, and playing digital games.

We also offer a number of regular family activities so why not time your visit with one of our regular events? 

Toddler explorers – first Friday of the month

Family fun – last Saturday of the month

Entry to the museum is free but donations are welcome. There may be a charge for some activities, events or exhibitions.  Our current exhibitions can be found on our website.

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.

For more information

Visit our website

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Follow us on Twitter @SomersetMuseum

Call us on 01823 255088

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.


Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Open Tuesday - Saturday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am – 5pm (last admission 4.30pm).


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree

**Entry to the Museum is FREE. There may be a small charge for some temporary exhibitions. Please contact us for prices for guided tours, private viewings and venue hire.

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