Salisbury & South WiltshireSalisbury
Museum
The King's House
65 The Close
Wiltshire SP1 2EN
 
 
The medieval King’s House and associated buildings is a brilliant setting for the city’s collection of archaeological and social history artefacts. As well as objects actually unearthed in Salisbury the museum has a comprehensive collection of artefacts found at Stonehenge and the surrounding area.
 
On display are a huge range of objects ranging from prehistoric tools to fine china, lace, paintings, prints and costumes. The archaeological collections have been designated as of outstanding national importance.
 
The Stonehenge Gallery
Stonehenge is a unique monument standing at the heart of an extensive archaeological landscape on Salisbury Plain. Finds from excavations at Stonehenge are held at the Museum, as well as important discoveries from other sites.
 
This superb gallery contains a complete skeleton burial from the ‘Beaker’ period, a partial skeleton burial of an archer complete with arrow heads, found in the ditch surrounding Stonehenge. Other treasures in this gallery include gold coins and a Bronze-age gold torc (necklace), a complete Stone-age ‘tool kit’, and the horn of an Auroch (prehistoric wild cattle).
 
Roman & Saxon Gallery
The Roman collections reflect the rural nature of south Wiltshire and include finds from villas and farms. From the Anglo-Saxon period there is a remarkable array of grave goods from cemeteries found locally and the skeleton of a Saxon warrior. The Warminster Jewel, an Anglo-Saxon manuscript pointer, is one of the Museum’s greatest treasures.
 
Medieval Salisbury Gallery
There are some fascinating exhibits in this gallery including the well preserved remains of a Black Rat which provides almost certain proof of the medieval murder of William Longespée, Earl of Salisbury and one of the witnesses to the Magna Carta!
 
The other galleries contain a fascinating assortment of objects associated with Salisbury’s social history, its many craft guilds and former specialist trades such as bell founding, clock making, gun smithing, cutlery, silver smithing, etc. The Art Gallery contains an original watercolour of ‘Old Sarum’ by JMW Turner.
 
This museum may be a repository for local historical objects but it contains displays of national significance and should not be missed.
 
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Plan Your Visit
Open
Open all year Monday to Saturday:  10:00 to 17:00
Sundays:                                       12:00 to 17:00    (22nd May to 30th October)
Bank Holidays                                10:00 to 17:00
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Admission
Carers admitted free. Concessions available.
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Disabled Access
Full wheelchair access to ground floor exhibits including Stonehenge Gallery, gift shop, coffee shop, toilets. Virtual tours of upper galleries available on two computers. Aids provided for Hearing and Vision Impaired visitors.
 
Facilities
Gift Shop, Coffee Shop, Toilets.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   + 44 (0) 1722 332151
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Getting There
You can find Salisbury Museum in the glorious setting of the Cathedral Close, opposite the West Front of Salisbury Cathedral. For directions visit Museum website at  Web:  Salisbury Museum/ Map & Directions    External Link
 
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