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“Treasure trove!”
Review of Wiltshire Museum

Wiltshire Museum
Ranked #3 of 26 things to do in Devizes
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Tells 500,000 years of Wiltshire's story told in award-winning galleries featuring high quality graphics and leading-edge reconstructions.* Gold from the time of Stonehenge- On display for the first time are dozens of spectacular treasures dating to the time of Stonehenge and worn by people who worshiped inside the stone circle.* Lots for children too- Follow Archie and Ollie on a gallery trail, build Stonehenge, examine the evidence under a microscope and try on Bronze Age clothes. * Saxon Wiltshire - the Making of the Kingdom of Wessex. New gallery featuring spectacular finds from pagan Saxon burials and evidence of the beginnings of Christianity in Wiltshire. * The Devizes Story - telling the fascinating story of our town - Devizes Castle, the Civil War Battle of Roundway and the bustling Georgian market town.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed September 23, 2012

The plan of the museum appears daunting as exhibits are spread over two floors of three connected buildings but it was fun exiting a room, turning a corner and finding more treasures... Surprisingly for such a small museum, each room on each floor is fully accessible to wheelchair users. Also surprising were some of the find dates - much more recent than one would expect, artefacts are still being turned up and there is even an active metal-detecting club in the area. There is a case full of the club's less valuable finds to puzzle over.
Unfortunately, my visit was somewhat rushed this time so I could not do the collection justice - I would recommend allowing a couple of hours and making it a Family Outing as there really is something to engage the interest of all.

Thank pausilypon
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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Visiting for the first time today I was pleasantly surprised and most impressed. There really is something for everyone. The Bronze Age exhibits were fascinating and well-presented. And then there are the Neolithic and Roman galleries - again, splendid. For those interested in more recent events and local Devizes/Wiltshire history - you certainly won't be disappointed. There is a charge for admission, but they are a charitable concern with local history and it is well worth it. Parking can be tricky, but not a real problem. I had only three hours there and they were amply filled and I look forward to another visit. Thank you.

Thank Patrick B
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

A well balanced approach for a museum, a wealth of information available for researchers, with fun activity days for the family, perfect!

Thank ed w
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

£5 each to get in - which we thought at first a little steep for small town museum - but we were pleasantly surprised by how much there was to see and learn about the local area. If you have kids with you there was lots of interactive things for them to do. Well worth an hour or so mooching round.

Thank alison310371
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WiltsHeritageMuseum, Manager at Wiltshire Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2012

Thank you for your review, and I am glad that enjoyed your visit. Children are always free, and we charge simply because we get so little public funding.

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

Great collection of artifcacts from the Paleolithic, Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romans, Saxons, and more. Finds from Stonehenge are housed here and deserve a look.

Thank DHofHarrogate
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