The Museum of Somerset

The Museum of Somerset, Taunton: Hours, Address, The Museum of Somerset Reviews: 4.5/5

The Museum of Somerset
4.5
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
Housed in Taunton’s historic castle, the Museum of Somerset tells the county's fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day. Within the 12th century castle walls you’ll find contemporary gallery spaces and great family visitor facilities, all situated within the vibrant town centre. With an amazing nine themed galleries, each with its own distinctive character, there’s something for everyone to discover. Our ‘must see’ exhibits include a 200 million year old Plesiosaur fossil (a type of marine reptile); the impressive Low Ham Roman mosaic; a stunning Bronze Age Gold Torc and the shoes worn by 7ft4 Joseph Sewell. The museum also houses The Somerset Military Museum. Pre-booking required.
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Steven P
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Lovely
Jul 2021
We had lunch very nice. Good service,clean tables. Would visit again. lovely view, staff were pleasent.
Written November 14, 2021
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A mindful experience
Oct 2021 • Family
The anticipated pleasure of the Friday meeting was all that I imagined. The meeting started with a drink on offer and exploration of the themed artefacts and items laid out for perusal. A reading pulled everything together followed by a description of linked techniques for printing and construction development. The supply of good quality and ample resources set the scene for an excellent outcome. It was truly enjoyable. I can thoroughly recommend it. For this fun a companion under four( a toddler) is needed to be eligible to attend.
Written October 16, 2021
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Brilliant! We hope that your toddler enjoyed the "Toddler Explorer" session as much as you did ;)
Written November 1, 2021
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Sue Gordon
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A hidden Gem
Oct 2021
My husband and I visited the Castle Museum today and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We arrived and were greeted by very helpful and caring staff and spent a good couple of hours viewing the many exhibits that we beautifully laid out and very informative. We particularly enjoyed the Martin Brown exhibition, which was a surprise bonus. We concluded our visit with a very nice snack in the Museum Cafe. Thank you for a very enjoyable visit.
Written October 6, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us some feedback - we're delighted to hear that you had such an enjoyable visit
Written November 1, 2021
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nozemuk
Brighton and Hove, UK16 contributions
Thoroughly recommend the Museum
Sep 2021
I have a great interest in the Monmouth Rebellion so was pleased to see the old castle gallery where the trials of the rebels took place in 1685 , and the space devoted to the Rebellion. But was impressed by a lot of the other rooms as well, the range of exhibits and information about the history of the area spanning so many centuries was pull put together. I felt that the impact of the English Civil War on Taunton was underplayed though.
The Martin Brown ;Horrible Histories' exhibition was on during my visit, and great fun to see.
Fascinating location tight in the town centre, has a shop, cafe, friendly staff.
Will visit again.
Written September 19, 2021
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Thank you for leaving a comment - we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and look forward to welcoming you again!
Written November 1, 2021
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Felixstowe72
Felixstowe, UK63 contributions
Day out in Taunton.
Sep 2021 • Couples
15/09/21 A fantastic museum, loved the displays! The Martin Brown exhibition was great, lovely to see original artworks on display.

Very welcoming staff when entered museum!
Written September 17, 2021
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We're really pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit - thank you for taking the time to leave us a review!
Written November 1, 2021
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Dazgunner71
Stilton, UK19 contributions
A great trip to the Museum
Sep 2021
Me and my father visited here after hearing the cricket museum was shut until further notice. We came here instead and was delightfully impressed with what came our way. Beautiful location in the castle with lovely views of the old courtyard. Museum itself was quite large with many floors which there are lifts. Laid out very well. Attentive and very helpful staff. I learnt so much here. Very please we went there in the end.
Highly recommended by
Me and my Father
Written September 13, 2021
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We are really pleased that you had an enjoyable visit! Thank you to you both for taking the time to leave a review.
Written November 1, 2021
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kevlegge1
Aberdeen 10 contributions
Fantastic Museum
Sep 2021 • Couples
Very interesting and educational.
Parking short distance walk in Taunton.
With a lot of history on artefacts on site with a story of every item dating back to BC / Roman times.
Cafe and toilets on site.
Free admission with suggested donation.
Very informative and a fantastic museum. Most definitely recommend
Written September 11, 2021
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Thank you for leaving us such great feedback - we're very pleased that you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 1, 2021
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Anita Scovell
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Excellent tour
Aug 2021 • Friends
Went on the Crime and Punishment tour of Taunton ... very interesting and informative would like to highly recommend this the tour ladies was excellent very clear and easy to understand ... can't wait for when they do this again will deffo come again ...
Written August 29, 2021
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Thank you for leaving us some feedback. It's great to hear you enjoyed the tour. We will make sure our wonderful tour guides are shown the feedback left for them too!
Written November 1, 2021
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Jenny K
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Well worth the visit.
Aug 2021 • Family
We arrived late in the afternoon and were conscious of the closing time. The staff were brilliant. Very accommodating, friendly and helpful. The museum was interesting and informative. Even though we were the last to leave we didn't feel rushed. They even turned on an exhibit because my son asked! Excellent all around. Even the coffee.
Written August 23, 2021
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Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review after your visit - We hope to see you again!
Written November 1, 2021
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bsdoidge
Yeovil, UK63 contributions
A very good family friendly museum in the heart of Taunton
Aug 2021 • Family
An excellent visit with my granddaughter, who absolutely loved our afternoon at the museum, which is located in historic Taunton Castle.

The team were extremely helpful, the lady who acts as the guide for the Alms house was especially good.

Allow around two hours to take it all in. Will definitely return.
Written August 16, 2021
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We're really pleased that both you and your granddaughter enjoyed your visit. We hope to welcome you here again!
Written November 1, 2021
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