The Museum of Somerset

Great Hall from entrance area March 2011

The new Museum of Somerset in Taunton Castle has already had tens of thousands of visitors. You can see whole areas of the Castle previously used as offices some dating back to the 12th century and enjoy Somerset's great collections interpreted in imaginative ways with new showcases, audio visuals and inter active presentations. There is lift access to the upper floors, a learning room with exciting programmes of talks, family events and finds days, a temporary exhibition gallery that has already seen several successful exhibitions, a shop and a bright new cafe area. The story of Somerset is told from its beginnings through fossils to films and oral recordings from the 20th century. There are treasures like the South Cadbury shield, the Low Ham mosaic, the Frome hoard and the cauldron and skillet collection, manuscripts and paintings, medieval sculpture and an eclectic natural history collection. There is a gallery dedicated to the Monmouth Rebellion, a military museum and a space for reflection. There are many hands on activities for children from dressing as Romans to building an arch.