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Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum

65 The Close | The King's House, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
44-1722-332151
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Ranked #13 of 28 attractions in Salisbury
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: Salisbury Museum is based in the Grade 1 listed building, The King's House, just opposite the west front of Salisbury Cathedral. It houses a... more » Owner description: Salisbury Museum is based in the Grade 1 listed building, The King's House, just opposite the west front of Salisbury Cathedral. It houses a significant archaeological collection relating to nearby Stonehenge, as well as costume, fine art (including Turner watercolours) and ceramics. Our main archaeology gallery is closed at the moment due to an exciting redevelopment program. In Spring 2014 we will be unveiling a world class gallery of archaeology. « less
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

It's quite amazing how little I knew about my hometown until I visited this museum. It's full of amazing local history and random artifacts including a giant and Hob Nob the horse (unfortunately not where the biscuits got their name from). I especially liked the Medieval key collection. There's also a good collection of art and pottery, too, and a... More

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Hythe, United Kingdom
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20 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Lovely museum close to the Cathedral and we managed to see all the rooms that were available. We were told that the archaeology rooms were in the process of being updated but there was still a lot to see. I particularly like the paintings and the costumes whereas my partner preferred the World War 1 trenches. All in all very... More

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London
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Went during the rather dull weather and was amazed at the scope of the exhibits. Unfortunately part of the museum was in the process of renovation so we didn't get to see some of the the exhibits from Stone Henge but will most certainly return. Parts were geared towards children without being 'patronising' and I wished I'd brought my younger... More

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London, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Brilliant. Well worth a visit. Dont just walk through, it is such an interesting museum it is really worth spending some time..

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Altarnun, Launceston, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is a well thought out museum with just the right amount of information regarding exhibits so as not to overwhelm visitors. Children are obviously welcomed as there were points of interest directed to them as well as costumes available to try on made by the Friends of the Museum. A lovely touch!The staff were most helpful and the availability... More

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Perth, Australia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013 via mobile

I note from comments on a previous review that you say you tried to advertise that the prehistory exhibit is closed. Well the posters on display as we waited to go into Stonehenge should have been taken down. Our visit from Australia will most probably be a once in a life time opportunity. We drove to Salisbury on the strength... More

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Falmouth, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

We can only speak for the Rex Whistler exhibition which was very well presented, linking his work and circle of influence very neatly to Wiltshire. Exhibitions of this standard will attract visitors. Reviewers who say this exhibition had nothing for children should leave them at home!!....or explain to them that Whistler's illustrations in particular have a deep appeal to youngsters....our... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

As Salisbury is such a lovely city, the museum really needs to up its game. There were only a few exhibits of interest to the young people I took . Unfortunately this only helped their view that museums are" boring ". Salisbury needs to take a leaf out of other Wiltshire museums, such as Trowbridge and Devizes.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

The Salisbury & S Wiltshire Museum is somewhat tucked away on the West side of the Cathedral Close, and involves a bit of a walk from the city centre and the entrance to the Close. But, rest assured, it is well worth the effort to gain a better understanding of South Wiltshire. The exhibits uncovered by Maj Gen Pitt-Rivers, one... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

I have been to this museum on previouse occasions and this time it was dissapointing due to refurbishment and they were in the process of changing the exibits. A Whistler exibition was on, this was boring for kids.

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SalisburyMuseum, Marketing Officer at Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for posting your review. We are sorry you did not enjoy your visit. We have tried through local press, websites, radio interviews etc to make as many visitors as possible aware of the redevelopment program underway at the moment. The new gallery will be a huge improvement and will display our wonderful collections in the way they deserve... More

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