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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 #14 of 27 Attractions in Salisbury
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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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

First of all the museum is not easy to find. I did not see any road sign for it. I thought it would contain more about Stonehenge history and the surrounding.

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salisbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Excellent Cecil Beaton exhibition with a wealth of information superbly displayed. The guides were very well informed. The new Wessex archeological wing opened this year has a huge display of local artefacts all pre the 12th century and going back 4,300 years! The hands on time line screen linked to local finds was fascinating. Children were enjoying the school holiday... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

The museum is definitely worth a visit, so too is the cafe. The cakes are fabulous - absolutely delicious with morning coffee or afternoon tea.

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malaga
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162 helpful votes 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I visited today specifically to see the Cecil Beaton exhibition. I was extremely impressed by the displays and the way they had been annotated and laid out. This is a thorough biographic of the great photographers life and work. One is led through his early years showing how talented he was even as a child. One then progresses into his... More

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Boca Raton, FL
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29 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

The new Wessex Gallery is simply amazing, with a massive collection of archeological artifacts form Stonehenge and the surrounding area. We also enjoyed the temporary exhibit of Cecil Beaton photography and memorabilia, including his two Oscars. Lots of other fascinating displays, including costumes from the 17-1800's. We typically don't spend a tremendous amount of time in museums, but ended up... More

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Wiltshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

As a local I have been to the Museum a few times but this was the first time since the new Wessex Gallery opened on 12th Jul this year. The Wessex Gallery is magnificent - amazing artifacts and remains - this gallery is easily the equal of anything covering this period anywhere in the UK. Took two American friends with... More

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Southern England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Popped into Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum to see the Cecil Beaton Exhibition. Great local flavour of a renown character. Added bonus was the new Gallery of Stonehenge and local finds through the centuries. Well laid out and informative. Would have like to have been guided a bit better especially shown the drawers! Well done. Special deal of annual ticket.... More

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The sun shone, live music of olde England echoed across the forecourt and the doors opened for the first time revealing a new space, the Wessex gallery displaying arguably one of the finest archaeological collections in the Country. The Amesbury Archer is a highlight and the showcase demonstrates that he was buried as a significant character of his era. My... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Disabled visitors to the museum will find that there is very little disabled parking outside the Museum, and if it's taken, there is nowhere else to park in the Close without being charged an extortionate amount. The first floor of the Museum is not accessible to wheelchair users, and although they say that photographs of upstairs exhibits are available online,... More

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We were lucky enough to visit while the Cecil Beaton exhibit was on, so interesting. As was the display about Rex Whistler. There are other areas about the history of the local area which are very good.

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