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“A must if you've seen Stonehenge”
Review of Wiltshire Museum

Wiltshire Museum
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$8.14*
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Ranked #2 of 27 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, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed November 13, 2012

A quirky little museum with a fascinating collection to show - a must if you've seen Stonehenge or Avebury. See the amazing jewellery that the powerful wore at the time these monuments were built, as well as learning about the men who first excavated these sites. A wonderful temporary exhibition of photographs of local landmarks brought a more contemporary viewpoint. A well-stocked library is open by appointment.

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Reviewed November 2, 2012

devizes is a great little town and is has a great little museum. housed in a couple of terraced houses it is quirky and has some very good exhibits. it is perhaps not good for those who are poor walkers due to the varying levels and stairs. staff know thier stuff and are very helpful and friendly.if you are in devizes it is certainly worth spending an hour here

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WiltsHeritageMuseum, Manager at Wiltshire Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

Thank you - glad that you enjoyed your visit. We do have a lift which links all the galleries of the museum, with ramps available to enable easy wheelchair access. Altogether we have 21 different floor levels - but most of those are behind the scenes.

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Reviewed October 29, 2012

We spent a very happy couple of hours here recently with my boyfriend's parents who were visiting from That London Place. Having lived in the Vale of Pewsey all my life, I was nevertheless surprised to be reminded that it is so incredibly rich in history. Every new room elicited a gleeful response when we came upon treasures that were found near Pewsey, where I grew up, and Great Bedwyn, where I now live. I don't know how we managed to miss it all these years, but I can't recommend it highly enough, both for the quality of the exhibits and sheer wealth of information, and also for the immense charm and knowledge of the (mostly elderly) staff who run it. Go!

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WiltsHeritageMuseum, Manager at Wiltshire Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 4, 2012

Thank you for your review. You can find out more about our collections from our website - and can see what we have from Bedwyn and Pewsey amongst the 100,000 objects we have in store. PS - not all of us are able to get free bus passes yet!

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Devizes is blessed with a fine museum at 41 Long St., about a 5-minute stroll from the Market Place. The museum occupies three early Georgian townhouses and has many wonderful displays of the history, archaeology, geology, sociology, and natural history of the town, as well as displays by budding local artists.

The museum was founded in 1853, prior to which the houses formed a school that was attended by the artist Sir Thomas Lawrence. The museum is run by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society with support from the district and county councils.

I can’t possibly detail all that is on show, but the main exhibits featured on the ground floor include The Iron Age, The Middle Ages, The Henge Era, Saxon, Roman, and Natural History.On the first floor there is The Bronze Age, The Neolithic Era, Recent History, The Library, The Lecture Hall, and The Art Gallery.

With Devizes and its surrounding areas being so rich in archaeology, many local finds are on display, including a superb floor mosaic and some of the contents found from the excavations of West Kennet Long Barrow. There is also a wonderful array of Roman shields, daggers, and spears and Celtic brooches.Other exhibits include Saxon gold jewellery, Frankish throwing axes, local pottery, a Bronze Age flute, and an urn uncovered at Stonehenge.

On the natural history theme, there is a huge segmented ammonite and recreated scenes featuring boxing hares and Wiltshire bustards that became extinct many years ago but have recently been reintroduced with birds from Australia and are now a protected species.All the exhibits are well described and beautifully displayed. The museum buildings themselves would more than likely be very much of interest to those delighting in architecture. The place is busy but rarely crowded, and discreet double-glazing ensures that any traffic noise from Long Street doesn’t permeate inside and interfere with your experience. Entrance fee is a very reasonable £5 if I remember correctly, although entry is free on Sundays. It opens from 10am till 4pm, and guests receive a free plan of the exhibits upon starting their tour.

The telephone number is 01380 727369, the website is found at www.wiltshireheritage.org.uk, and the email is wanhs@wiltshireheritage.org.uk

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Reviewed September 27, 2012

So much history in Devizes is recorded in museum..definitely a must see. Staff well informed and helpful

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