Museums in Salisbury
A great way to learn more about the history of Salisbury and the surrounding areas (including Stonehenge) is to make a visit to one of the city’s museums.
The Salisbury Museum
Salisbury Museum is located in the King’s House within Salisbury’s Cathedral Close.
The museum houses exhibitions of the various periods of Salisbury’s history from its days at Old Sarum through to more modern times.
In 2014, a new world-class gallery of archaeology housing one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts opened within the museum.
Here, you get the opportunity to handle various objects, see interactive displays and learn more about the area’s rich archaeology and history.
The museum holds regular events throughout the year including archaeology lecture, school holiday events as well as major exhibitions including works by Constable, Turner and an exhibition on the life of Cecil Beaton.
The Rifles Berkshire and Wiltshire Museum
Wiltshire has long had a strong military presence and much of this is celebrated in the city’s military museum, The Rifles.
Like Salisbury Museum, The Rifles is also located within the Cathedral Close and is within short reach of Mompesson House, Arundells and of course, Salisbury Cathedral and Magna Carta.
Within the museum you’ll find exhibitions on 250 years of military history from two local infantry regiments as well as temporary exhibitions on a variety of military-related themes.
The museum is housed in The Wardrobe, one of the oldest buildings within the Cathedral Close and also offers a peaceful riverside garden with views of Salisbury Cathedral.
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Located on the edge of Salisbury, close to Old Sarum, Boscombe Down Aviation Collection is a working museum where you can see aviation restoration take place.
There are over 100 exhibits here including 30 aircraft and cockpits to sit in.
Museums further afield
Find out more about museums in Wiltshire on the VisitWiltshire website.