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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
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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Some unusual exhibits including an amazing landscape quilt map. The new archeological wing is great, and made me wish I was stopping off at Stonehenge on our way home. The entrance fee was expensive for a relatively small museum, but does last a year, so good value if you live nearby.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I went with a group of mums to the under 5 event at the museum, after that we thought it would be nice to have lunch at the cafe. The cafe staff were not very friendly and were even worst with the children. I would give the cafe a miss and walk a little further to the cathedral restaurant instead.

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brussels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Director Adrian Green has really done an excellent job with the new Wessex gallery. It is absolutely outstanding. It has fantastuc artefacts curated in ways that really set them in context so you can understand them. If you want to sense what it might have been like to live in prehistoric Wessex, a visit to both this museum and the... More

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Exmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Lots of exhibits with information. Very interesting and laid out very well in beautiful glass cabinets. History is laid out through periods so it is easy to follow.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I visited this Museum attracted by the new Wessex Gallery which is excellent. Well labelled exhibits in modern glass cases and not an inter-active button to press anywhere, Brilliant!!. My only comment which I made to a member of the team there was that, whilst I appreciate that the signage has to be accessible to wheelchair users and I fully... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

I only visited to look at the new Roman and pre-historic gallery. Some brilliant exhibits that are very well laid out. The Roman saucepans and strainers are fantastic in particular. Cafe not open on a Sunday which is crazy...

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Catch this while you can. Brilliantly laid out it attempts to reproduce the experience of Ashcombe. Plenty of letters as well as photos and objects. Totally absorbing.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I would not recommend the cafe - staff rude. Very disappointed as they appear unable to be kind or nice to customers. One to give a big miss to if visiting the Close.I am a local and I would wont be back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Visited primarily to see the new archeological wing. This is worth the admission alone and puts the bizarre new museum at Stonehenge to shame. Uniquely tracing the history of the area from the Anglo Saxons backwards, the modern wing has the most stunning collection of artefacts and hordes of treasure put together in a narrative that makes it feel like... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We went to see the Cecil Beaton Exhibition. It was good value at £8.00 each and you are then a member for a whole year. The exhibition was well laid out and there were plenty of exhibits to look at. he had an extraordinary life in the Salisbury area. Very interesting. We then toured the rest of the Museum. There... More

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