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Address: 65 The Close | The King's House, Salisbury SP1 2EN, England
Phone Number: +44 1722 332151
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Salisbury Museum is based in the Grade 1 listed building, The King's House,...

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 new Wessex Gallery dedicated to the archaeology of south Wiltshire has just opened.

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Lovely little museum

Superb new archaeological wing to the museum which we can only recommend. Also particularly enjoyed the section of the old dresses featuring clothes from late 18th and early 19th... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Susanne G
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Paddock Wood, United Kingdom
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Paddock Wood, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Superb new archaeological wing to the museum which we can only recommend. Also particularly enjoyed the section of the old dresses featuring clothes from late 18th and early 19th century. Staff very helpful and friendly.

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

It wasn't the first time I'd visited Salisbury Museum, but it was the first time that I'd visited with children (3 and 5) in tow. There was enough going on in all of the main galleries to keep them occupied - especially the newer Wessex Gallery, and a nice selection of dressing up clothes in the costume gallery. Nice way... More 

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Thank Maccath
Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

There is real quiet around this place and looks like museum is all over. Its different from the usual definition of museum as you won't find noisy business travellers who come to make a point in the notebook that they visited a place reflecting realtime and history together. Its look like a geometrical figure and postcard with water cooler on... More 

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Thank Nima-Anand
Canberra, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

I wish I had allowed more time for this Museum. I only had just over an hour but it was an hour well spent. The new Wessex gallery is one of the best I have seen. I enjoyed the rest of the galleries in the museum as well. There's a nice little cafe in the museum. The Museum is nicely... More 

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Thank wendy w
Port Hope, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Could spend the day here. Fantastic exhibits the cafe is perfectly situated with a view of the cathedral right across the courtyard. The building is quite historically interesting itself.

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Thank Jo I
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I've been to the Salisbury museum twice in the last year, to see the Turner exhibition (Turner in Wessex); excellently curated exhibition with film show showing sites then and now. Didn't realise how much time he'd spent in Wessex. Then also to see the refurbished Wessex Gallery archaeological museum. This is state of the art in terms of lighting, display... More 

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Thank Patrick W
Vancouver, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

There is no need to go to this museum, especially since you need to pay to get in. There is really nothing much of interest here.

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Adrian G, Manager at The Salisbury Museum, responded to this review

I'm not entirely sure why somebody could be so dismissive of our wonderful museum is based in a grade I listed medieval building located directly opposite Salisbury Cathedral. We believe we have something of interest for everyone. At the top of the list is our nationally important archaeology collection including the Amesbury Archer and unique finds from Old Sarum and... More 

N. Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

I did not allow myself enough time to visit this museum! I specifically went to see the special exhibition, Turner's Wessex. It was really wonderful and I enjoyed seeing his works close up in this smaller setting rather in some of the big London museums. What I did NOT allow enough time for were the permanent collections with archaeology artifacts... More 

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Thank D0bby
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

Very welcoming greeters. An interesting cursory view of the history of the general area (dress, occupational equipment) with artefacts from excavations.

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London, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

We went to see the Turner exhibition. It was a compete waste of money. There was not enough on display to fill the very small room. I am sure we would have a case under the trade description act. No not waste your money going. They wanted me to sign a gift aid form even though I am not a... More 

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Adrian G, Manager at The Salisbury Museum, responded to this review

This review has left me sad and slightly confused. We believe Salisbury Museum is incredible museum, which is packed full of nationally important archaeology, costume and social history. Up until 27 September we also had an exhibition of nearly ninety Turner watercolours and paintings on loan from national and regional museums spread over three rooms. It was one of the... More 

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