Museum of Somerset opens!

29 September, 2011 - 12:00
The Low Ham mosaic

From midday on Thursday 29 September 2011 you will be able to explore the new Museum of Somerset. After a major conservation project to restore Taunton Castle and to create a new museum for Somerset within it, largely funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, more space within the Castle will be open to the public with new galleries and displays, a fully-equipped learning space, a large multi-purpose temporary exhibition gallery, which will feature the Frome Hoard the second largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain, Military Museum and better visitor facilities, including a new café offering the best of Somerset produce.


With many new state-of-the-art galleries to explore, interactive features, and extraordinary objects to discover, the Museum of Somerset will become a must-see visitor attraction for people of all ages. Bookings are now being taken for group tours once the museum has opened. For more information about this, and for details of volunteering opportunities at the museum, phone Susie Simmons on (01823) 255088 or email

The Museum of Somerset is based in Taunton Castle, on Castle Green in the centre of Taunton. There is no parking on the site, but Taunton bus station is within easy walking distance and the museum is close to the town car parks.

When the museum opens, admission will be free, and hours will be 10.00am - 5.00pm Tuesday to Saturday and Bank Holiday Mondays.


Opening day will be marked by bellringing at St Mary's church and lots of surprise happenings! Look out for further news!

 Among many events following the opening, the new museum will host the BBC History Festival on 15 October 2011. 

The first temporary exhibition, which will run until March 2012, will illustrate the making of the museum from the purchase of the Castle by the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society to the excavation and building projects leading to the opening of the new museum, with photographs by Pauline Rook.