The Salisbury Museum
The Salisbury Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Salisbury Museum tells the story of a unique landscape which has been the cradle of continuous human achievement for over half a million years. The main strength of the museum rests in its archaeological collections with prehistoric material from South Wiltshire, including Stonehenge; the Pitt Rivers’ Wessex collection; and a fine medieval collection including finds from Old Sarum, Clarendon Palace and the city itself. Discover the Amesbury Archer whose early Bronze Age grave dates back to around 2,300BC and contained the richest array of items ever found from this period. Or meet the Salisbury Giant who stands 12ft tall and has survived since the medieval period. Based in the King’s House, a Grade I listed building located opposite Salisbury Cathedral, the museum building formerly housed a teacher training college and was the inspiration for an episode in Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • polartrek
    Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom295 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply marvellous @Salisbury museum
    Simply marvellous at the Salisbury museum, the span of archeological time covered by viewing the exhibits is like being within a tardis & covering over half a million years. There are friendly volunteers who will happily address questions posed . A worthwhile couple of hours can be spent here. The Amesbury archer was a favourite of our group. Reduced fee entry on our visit due to modifications in process , which did not impinge on the visit .
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Daisy W
    Glasgow, United Kingdom68 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely little museum!
    Decided to visit after my trip to stone henge! Took me roughly 20 minutes to get there. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the prices were reasonable! However it is a small museum (took me 1 hr to go around) so I would recommend booking a couple other museums in the area aswell! But I definitely wouldn’t miss this one off your list! They also have a nice seating area and cafe outside!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 2, 2023
  • Amelia D
    Bath, United Kingdom171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great museum
    Visited, they are being refurbished so only half of the museum open, which lead to a generous discount in ticket price. Was still able to see the archaeology my main reason for visiting so that was fab. Great exhibits and an informative staff member who gave extra insight. In a lovely location right near the cathedral, and all staff encountered were lovely. I will go back when the full museum is open.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 3, 2023
  • Emma R
    London, United Kingdom122 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely museum - amazing volunteers
    A really lovely museum - half closed for refurbishment when I visited but it'll just give me an excuse to come back next time. Big shout out to a lovely volunteer called Ann! She came over to chat when I got to the archaeology section and she explained how the exhibition has laid out, the best way to explore it, all the cupboards and drawers with more exhibits hidden away, and then let me get on with exploring. About half way round, she came back to chat about the Amesbury Archer (I guess this might be her favourite bit!) and we ended up chatting about the discover of Richard III as well - always a joy as I went to university in Leicester. She was so knowledgeable and clearly passionate about the Museum - really a highlight of the visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 21, 2023
  • Zoe H
    Derbyshire, United Kingdom3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for archeology enthusiasts!
    Although half the museum is currently closed, they are only charging half entrance (£4.50). The archeology section with the Amesbury Archer is still open. I spent about an hour, but could have easily spent a bit longer looking at all the finds. A fantastic gallery full of incredible finds that were really brought to life by one of the room attendants, Nigel. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I could have listened to him all day. It was like having a personal tour guide. Thank you so much!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Wilts traveller
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A gem of a place! Well worth a visit
    The museum is a lovely, air conditioned space and very well laid out. Currently undergoing some refurbishment, the part that is open was very impressive. Roman finds, a beautiful mosaic floor, pots, jewellery. Lots of Stone Age finds too including the famous Amesbury Archer, some great detail about everything. It was very quiet and it felt a real shame that people don't know about it. It's well worth a visit. Highly recommended, lovely staff who are very knowledgeable. Oh and ask about the roof tile with the pawprint !
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 11, 2023
  • Nicola C
    24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Volunteer Kate brought museum to life
    Our trip to Salisbury Museum was brought to life by the joy and enthusiasm volunteer Kate gave to our experience. We really appreciated the effort she went to, to enhance our understanding of the exhibits and the characters of the people behind them. Thank you Kate - you’re a gem!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Mike
    Glossop, United Kingdom1,154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really good archeological collection
    Even though much of the museum is currently closed for refurbishment the Wessex Gallery is open and there’s a reduced entry charge. Definitely worth visiting if you’re interested in archeology as there are some amazing exhibits like the Amesbury archer and a great collection of Neolithic finds. The Roman saucepan set and the Warminster jewel are also particularly fine. The displays are generally well laid out and labelled. I would have liked to see a small map next to each display to show where each site was though and also QR codes would be a great addition to give more information.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written January 13, 2024
  • Hannah
    Skipton, United Kingdom109 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free with Art Pass
    Visited with my parents so I got in for free with my Art Pass while they got a discounted ticket due to part of the museum being closed. I loved getting to see the Amesbury Archer and thought the archaeology collection was very well displayed with not too much text to read and helpful timelines to put things in perspective. The lady in the shop was very friendly and welcoming despite the cold weather and the museum was very easy to find just across from the cathedral.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 16, 2024
  • AvidTraveler12
    Winchester, United Kingdom1,796 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Hidden Gem
    Hiding in plain site opposite the Cathedral is the highly interesting Salisbury Museum. The museum itself is a Grade I listed building visited by King James in the 17th century. It is not so busy at the moment due to renovations and some exhibits are closed. That said what remains is very interesting and at the bargain price of £4.50 entrance fee (once renovations are completed scheduled for end of May 2024, the price reverts to £9) and still a bargain. The highlight was the archeological exhibits which includes skeletons several centuries old including the Amesbury Archer. This is a great place to spend a couple of hours.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written February 29, 2024
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kathjuggler
Dorset, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
My Mum and I very much enjoyed attending one of the Museum's "Behind the Scenes" tours. Moving from gallery to gallery, Museum Director Adrian Green presented the interesting stories of a selection of objects from the Museum's collections, that for various reasons are not usually on display, and we had the opportunity to view and photograph them close up. We also got to see some of the Museum's back rooms and corridors. And Lego! the Tudor Lego models (there until Jan 2021) are great too, with lots of little details to spot.
Written October 18, 2020
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Daisy W
Glasgow, UK68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
Decided to visit after my trip to stone henge! Took me roughly 20 minutes to get there. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the prices were reasonable! However it is a small museum (took me 1 hr to go around) so I would recommend booking a couple other museums in the area aswell! But I definitely wouldn’t miss this one off your list! They also have a nice seating area and cafe outside!
Written July 2, 2023
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Amelia D
Bath, UK171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Visited, they are being refurbished so only half of the museum open, which lead to a generous discount in ticket price. Was still able to see the archaeology my main reason for visiting so that was fab. Great exhibits and an informative staff member who gave extra insight. In a lovely location right near the cathedral, and all staff encountered were lovely. I will go back when the full museum is open.
Written July 3, 2023
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Rich & Chels
Salisbury, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
We spent a great couple of hours at the Salisbury Museum. Nigel gave us an absolutely outstanding overview of some of the highlights of the museum and we couldn’t be more appreciative - thanks Nigel! The current Lego exhibits were the icing on the cake. Highly recommended.
Written December 20, 2020
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polartrek
Buckinghamshire, UK295 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Simply marvellous at the Salisbury museum, the span of archeological time covered by viewing the exhibits is like being within a tardis & covering over half a million years. There are friendly volunteers who will happily address questions posed . A worthwhile couple of hours can be spent here. The Amesbury archer was a favourite of our group. Reduced fee entry on our visit due to modifications in process , which did not impinge on the visit .
Written July 2, 2023
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Barry S
St. Albans, UK853 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A very interesting museum. We thoroughly enjoyed the gallery as well as the exhibits. There is a very small cafe where you can buy a drink and cake if wanted. Toilets are available inside the museum. There is paid parking. An ideal add on to visiting the Cathedral.
Written February 14, 2020
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Hannah
Skipton, UK109 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Visited with my parents so I got in for free with my Art Pass while they got a discounted ticket due to part of the museum being closed. I loved getting to see the Amesbury Archer and thought the archaeology collection was very well displayed with not too much text to read and helpful timelines to put things in perspective. The lady in the shop was very friendly and welcoming despite the cold weather and the museum was very easy to find just across from the cathedral.
Written January 16, 2024
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Zoe H
Derbyshire, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Although half the museum is currently closed, they are only charging half entrance (£4.50). The archeology section with the Amesbury Archer is still open. I spent about an hour, but could have easily spent a bit longer looking at all the finds.
A fantastic gallery full of incredible finds that were really brought to life by one of the room attendants, Nigel. He was so enthusiastic and knowledgeable and I could have listened to him all day. It was like having a personal tour guide. Thank you so much!
Written August 26, 2023
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787Jan
Ashford, UK69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
We travelled to Salisbury to visit the museum as we had heard so much about it. The archaeology is amazing, spanning tens of thousands of years. So close to Stonehenge it’s a real opportunity to learn more of what is known about the history of this area. Don’t miss the Amesbury archer, a traveller from mid- Europe who was buried in the area.
Written October 10, 2020
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Neil J
Salisbury, UK26 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
An excellent museum detailing Salisbury's development from the Stone Age up to the present day. So impressed we became members. Membership also includes free entry to other local museum, including Stonehenge.
Written May 24, 2021
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