Bruton Museum

We tell the story of Bruton’s past and present through the display of artefacts from the Jurassic, Roman, Saxon and medieval times, along with more contemporary displays.  Domestic objects,  20th century shoes, the unique sculptures of  WWII German refugee, Ernst Blensdorf and the writing desk used by the American writer John Steinbeck, who lived in Bruton in 1959,  are highlights.

We also represent our community in our changing display CASESPACE, where we show contemporary art and collections.

Don’t Miss!

The unique sculptures of Ernst Blensdorf, who used Somerset elm from local woodlands to create his swirling patterns and forms. Learn about American author John Steinbeck who lived here.


26 High Street
BA10 0AA





Entry is free, but donations are welcome.

Opening Times

Open all year


  • Guidebooks
  • Parking nearby
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Baby changing facility
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled lift
  • Disabled toilets
  • Handrails
  • Wheelchair on site


The Museum offers visits for schools and adult groups. Please contact the Museum for more information.


The Museum can assist researchers with enquiries about the collection, local history and family history. Please contact the Museum for more information.

Commercial Hire & Services

To enquire about using the museum space for your event, please contact the Museum for more information.


  • Agricultural
  • Archaeology
  • Architecture
  • Archives
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • Ecclesiastical
  • Geology
  • Industrial
  • Literary
  • Local History
  • Military
  • Natural history
  • Railway
  • Social history
  • Transport

Time Periods

  • 20th Century
  • Anglo-Saxon
  • Contemporary
  • Edwardian
  • Geological
  • Georgian
  • Medieval
  • Norman
  • Roman
  • Stuart
  • Tudor
  • Victorian