The Museum of Somerset, Taunton

Housed in Taunton’s historic castle, the Museum of Somerset tells the county’s fascinating story from prehistoric times to the present day. Within the 12th century castle walls you’ll find contemporary gallery spaces and great family visitor facilities, all situated within the vibrant town centre.

With an amazing nine themed galleries, each with its own distinctive character, there’s something for everyone to discover. Our ‘must see’ exhibits include a 200-million-year-old Plesiosaur fossil (a type of marine reptile); the impressive Low Ham Roman mosaic; a stunning Bronze Age Gold Torc and the shoes worn by 7 ft 4in Joseph Sewell. The museum also houses The Somerset Military Museum.

Don’t Miss

The Castle Café, which offers a selection of home-made Somerset treats, from soups, sandwiches and salads, to pastries and home-made cakes. You can also visit the museum shop which stocks a range of reasonably-priced toys, cards, books and gifts including the ‘Made in Somerset’ range of local food and drink.


Taunton Castle
Castle Green


01823 25508



Entry is free, but donations are welcome

Opening Times

Open all year


  • Activity trails
  • Café
  • Guidebooks
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facility
  • Disabled toilets
  • Full disabled access
  • Handrails
  • Hearing loop
  • Level access/ramps
  • Wheelchair on site


  • Agricultural
  • Archaeology
  • Archives
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Costume
  • Ecclesiastical
  • Geology
  • Industrial
  • Literary
  • Military
  • Natural history
  • Railway
  • Science
  • Social history
  • Transport

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Bronze Age
  • Contemporary
  • Dark Ages
  • Edwardian
  • Geological
  • Georgian
  • Iron Age
  • Medieval
  • Mesolithic
  • Neolithic
  • Norman
  • Palaeolithic
  • Roman
  • Stuart
  • Tudor
  • Victorian