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

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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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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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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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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