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
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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.
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jnash84
Bournemouth, UK403 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
Nicely run museum in a lovely looking building, friendly staff and well looked after. Adult tickets are £8 each and we did the gift aid option with an extra 80p each as like to help maintain places like this which relies on donations.

Good collection covering 5,000 years and has some pull out drawers and cupboard to give some interaction for younger visitors. Nice enough for a walk round on a rainy day or to break up the day rather than just visiting shops / restaurants
Written January 8, 2022
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JuliaG
20 contributions
Aug 2022
An interesting museum on the History of Salisbury as well as the wider area.

I visited partially for the Thomas Hardy exhibition - worth a visit - but also to see the pre historic section. I spent about an hour going around the museum, the staff were friendly and happy to chat.

I can recommend the chocolate ammonites from the gift shop (very tasty).

Discounted entry for English Heritage members!
Written August 18, 2022
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Mark N
Southampton, UK2 contributions
Sep 2022
The 2 hours my wife and I spent there seemed to go by in a flash and we never got beyond the ground floor! The highlights were the archaeological displays that included finds from Stonehenge and were helpfully displayed chronologically. There was a fantastic jewelled book pointer commissioned by Alfred the Great and fascinating displays of grave goods in situ round the actual skeletons. Our experience was enhanced by the super museum staff who took the trouble to point out treasures that we might have otherwise missed and were on hand to answer questions.
The temporary display on Thomas Hardy was another favourite of ours and included some of his original manuscripts and artwork. Children (and adults) should also look out for the Salisbury Giant, an actual meteorite and the bustards!
Written September 29, 2022
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George Shaw
2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
Well worth a visit if you’re visiting the Cathedral. Some parts of the museum are very modern, with other areas that could use some renovations. Good value for money, especially when bought at a discount alongside tickets to see Stonehenge. The staff were especially helpful and genuinely enthusiastic about what the museum had to offer.
Written November 24, 2022
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Billy B
London, UK41 contributions
May 2022
We took advantage of the Great British Rail sale and decided on a day trip to Salisbury. The Cathedral was the number one place to visit, and the museum was a welcome bonus. There was a lot to see, and the staff were very friendly, polite, and helpful. The enthusiasm of the staff encouraged us to explore the museum in full. A very worthwhile visit.
Written May 7, 2022
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Patricia G
Halifax, Canada108 contributions
Jul 2022
We visited the museum because our daughter had done an internship with the museum this past year as part of her master's course in Southampton. She took us through the various exhibits and showed us all around. Lots of interesting exhibits and finds - really interesting to see and learn about the local area and archeology. The clothing exhibit was cool and the temporary exhibit on Thomas Hardy was also worth going through. All in all a great place to spend an hour or two. Also had lunch in the museum cafe outside - really good food!
Written August 1, 2022
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kathjuggler
Dorset, UK12 contributions
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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Robin
London, UK303 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
We thought this museum was a lot smaller when we entered, and we had timed tickets to see the Cathedral so we only saw the very first room. But that room alone was enough to spend several hours in! Everything was very well curated and there was so much interesting information on just about every object on display. The best part however was the staff, who were all incredibly friendly and welcoming, particularly Nigel who pointed out interesting artefacts to us that we missed, including the aestel commissioned by Alfred the Great which was fascinating. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the exhibits and made our experience of the museum very memorable. Thank you to Nigel and all the excellent staff!
Written October 11, 2020
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Annabel
6 contributions
Sep 2021
Fabulous Jacobean building directly opposite our most famous Gothic cathedral in an unspoilt Close, the Ultra-modern and award winning Wessex gallery was fabulously interesting for everyone, even the children enjoyed discovering prehistoric people and their remains. Some of the older social history exhibits were fun in their own way though - and there's a lovely little cafe for summer scones in the garden. A real gem and a must-see for any visitors to Salisbury. Residents can buy membership too.
Written October 4, 2021
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429Happy
Chichester, UK3,353 contributions
Aug 2021 • Solo
Ever wondered the origins of Hob Nob the answer is contained in this wonderful museum.
Delving into the realms of Britain’s Ancient History was a delight and exploring Gold Finger and Wedgwood ceramics.
Artefacts were well presented and detailed descriptions given.
It would have been most useful if the visitor were given a context map and listing the ten most famous artefacts as they do at the Ashmolean in Oxford.
Written August 6, 2021
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