Alexander Keiller Museum
Wiltshire SN8 1RF
The Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury in south-west England is the place to start your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage site of ‘Stonehenge, Avebury & Associated Sites’.
The Museum is situated at the prehistoric monument of Avebury in two unique buildings and houses one of the most important prehistoric archaeological collections in Britain,. It holds archaeological finds from the six sites making up the World Heritage Site. Child-friendly interactive displays explain the prehistoric landscape and the significance of the sites.
The museum also contains Alexander Keiller's personal curios and archaeological treasures.
The museum was opened in 1938 by the marmalade millionaire Alexander Keiller and is now divided into two separate galleries; the Stables Gallery which has a wonderful display of the archaeological finds from the area and the Barn Gallery which has interactive displays and a children's area.
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The Stables Gallery
Exhibits in this gallery include animal skeletons from Windmill Hill. These are around 5,500 years old. One dog skeleton shows the early bond between dogs and humans.
There are fine collections of flint tools used 4,000 years ago. People used flint as their main source of making knives, scrapers, drill and arrowheads.
The Neolithic was when people first started using pottery to store and cook their food in. Some of the earliest pottery ever found can be seen in the museum.
The Barn Gallery
This gallery is in a wonderful thatched 17th-century threshing barn. Here, interactive displays and activities for children bring the archaeology and landscape of Avebury to life.
In the children’s activity area they can bring prehistory to life: They can dress up in Bronze Age clothes or make an archaeological rubbing. There's a quiet area so that children can take some time out from running around Avebury’s stones to enjoy some fun games and colouring in.
Plan Your Visit
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Open all year except 24-26 December: 10:00 – 16:00 hours.
Allow 1-2 hours for a visit.
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Free to English Heritage and National Trust England members.
Adults: £4.40; Child: £2.20; Family: £11.00. The admission fee covers entry to both galleries.
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Museum, café, shop and toilets are wheelchair accessible.
Dedicated disabled parking in Avebury Village; Assistance dogs welcome;
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Toilets, Cafe and National Trust Shop.
Pushchairs are allowed and there is space for children to play.
Contact & Further Information
+44 (0)1672 539 250
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- By Car (Recommended Method)
The Museum is located in Avebury which is 7 miles (11 kms) west of Marlborough. Leave the M4 at Exit 15 and take the A346 south to Marlborough, a distance of about 8 miles (12.8 km). Take the A4 and follow it west for six miles (9.7 km) to West Kennett and Avebury.
There is a National Trust car park south of Avebury, off the A4361. Free parking for English Heritage and National Trust England members.
£5 parking charge applies for non-members.
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Free disabled parking is available in the village car park.
- By Bus & Rail
For detailed information on other methods of getting to Avebury, go to Web: Wiltshire Council/ Connecting Wiltshire External Link
To check times and frequency of public transport go to Web: National Rail Enquiries External Link
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