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Museum of Somerset at Taunton

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The Museum of Somerset is located within the walls of the old castle at Taunton, right in the centre of the town.

It is run by the South West Heritage Trust and contains a collection of very well presented displays of the artifacts from the Somerset region.

The museum is free with an optional donation box to help with the running costs of the site. After entering through the shop area the initial hall is for the prehistoric eras and the route takes you through the historical time periods to the present day.

The museum has a number of notable items on display. Many of the prehistoric items found whilst extracting the peat are on display such as the Meare Heath Bow and items from the Sweet Track. At the end of the hall is the superb romain mosaic floor from Low Ham showing the story of Aeneas and Dido from the poems of Virgil. In the second hall is a replica of the Alfred Jewel found close to where King Alfred had his encampment at Athelney. Following on are Victorian and items from the rebellion battles and then a substantial section devoted to the Somerset Light Infantry.

There is a cafe near to the exit and the shop has a number of books and momentoes relating to the items on display.

The hall opposite often has collections of contemporary art or specific displays of historic significance. The museum has a number of events running including a regular event where you can ask historical experts questions.

Images relating to the Museum of Somerset at Taunton.

 
Main Hall

Main Hall

 
Roman Mosaic

Roman Mosaic

 
The Alfred Jewel

The Alfred Jewel