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“Breathes life into Stonehenge”
Review of Wiltshire Museum

Wiltshire Museum
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$7.87*
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Wiltshire Museum Entry Ticket
Ranked #3 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 young children, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
162 reviews
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“Breathes life into Stonehenge”
Reviewed April 27, 2014

We visited this museum straight after Stonehenge. It's a very different (considerably less expensive!) experience.

The Museum displays grave goods found from digs organised on the burrows & tumuli close to the Stonehenge site. It gives the human side of the Stonehenge story: you see the gold jewellery, the weapons, the beads and the bones of those who were laid to rest there.

Upstairs is very much a work in progress - downstairs is well laid out & well worth seeing. It brings a personal feel to the stones.

Visited April 2014
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WiltsHeritageMuseum, General Manager at Wiltshire Museum, responded to this review, May 1, 2014
Thank you for your review - we are very pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We are working on a new Saxon Gallery to open in the next couple of months and also opening an gallery about the earlier story of Devizes.We hope that they will also be popular!
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Wiltshire
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
Reviewed April 26, 2014

Wiltshire Museum in Devizes punches well above its weight for user-friendliness and excellent displays. The recently refurbished neolithic galleries containing gold artefacts from Stonehenge are stunning, and director David Dawson and his team are to be congratulated on all the hard work they have done to achieve this. Well worth a visit in conjunction with one to Stonehenge itself. Not just about neolithic times, but also lots to see of the more recent history of Devizes and Wiltshire, it has something for every age to enjoy.

Visited March 2014
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Devizes, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wide range of things to see, old gold to roman soldiers”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

Always houses an eclectic range of items from the area around Devizes, including Gold from Stonehenge. Nostalgia items from shops in the town to prehistoric finds. Something for everyone

Visited March 2014
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Bath, United Kingdom
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“Amazing new Gallery”
Reviewed March 28, 2014

Amazing Museum, with a stunning new gallery covering the Bush Barrow gold. (A must see!!!!) The displays were good and modern, loads of interactive activities for the kids. Friendly staff, and a excellent shop even if it is tiny.

It's always a highlight of my day, when visiting the attraction.

Visited March 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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“Brilliant new gallery”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

Second visit to this gem of a museum, first time since the opening of new gallery with loads of stuff relating to Stonehenge and the prehistoric landscape around it. Great fun day out, loads of activities for kids, and excellent gift shop too. Staff were really friendly and welcoming. Surprisingly good accessibility as well, especially for such an old building. Some nice tea-shops round the corner too.

All in all - strongly recommended, especially if you're planning to visit Stonehenge or Avebury.

Visited March 2014
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