Salisbury Museum is located in the heart of the Cathedral Close and houses one of the best collections relating to Stonehenge and local archaeology. The museum building is impressive in itself being a Grade I listed medieval property where King James I of England was entertained in 1610 and 1613.
The collections range from archaeology to fine art. The archaeology collection is estimated to be in excess of 100,000 objects and digs deep into the story of the region. Highlights include finds from excavations at Stonehenge, the Amesbury Archer and the medieval finds from Old Sarum.
The art on display includes two watercolours by J. M. W. Turner. There is also work by Rex Whistler (1905 – 1944) who most famous for his mural designs at Plas Newydd, Anglesey; Port Lympne and Mottisfont Abbey. The museum has Whistler oil paintings on display and also holds his archive which was acquired in 2013.
The main exhibition gallery has a regularly changing programme, whilst our events include talks, workshops, courses and family activities. Some of these events are currently being held online or offsite due to our redevelopment (see below).
The museum shop offers a carefully curated selection of books for children and adults who love history. The museum also has exclusive gifts based on the collection, and locally sourced items including children’s colour-in textiles, greetings cards by local artists, scented candles, and local honey.
The Salisbury Museum is currently undergoing a major re-development called Past Forward. The works began in March 2023 with the closure of the fashion, Salisbury history and ceramics galleries. The internationally important Wessex gallery of archaeology and main temporary exhibition gallery remain open. Due to the partial opening the museum is offering a 50% reduction on admission prices. We are open every day from 10am - 5pm.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£9.00 per ticket|
|Adult (Donation/Gift Aid)||£10.00 per ticket|
|Child (5-15 years)||£4.50 per ticket|
|Child (Donation/Gift Aid)||£5.00 per ticket|
|Family (2 + 4)||£22.50 per ticket|
|Family (Donation/Gift Aid)||£25.00 per ticket|
Donation Admissions can be tax effective if given under Gift Aid. Salisbury Museum can treat the whole amount paid as a donation and reclaim tax on the total. This amounts to an extra 25 per cent, potentially a very significant boost to Museum funds.
|2022 Museum Openings (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
|2022 Cafe Openings (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)|
- Facilities for Hearing Impaired Visitors - Hearing loop in the Lecture Hall.
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Improved visual acuity, large print brief guides on request.
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Ramp/Level Access
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant - Coffee shop type refreshments. Lunches.
- Tea / Coffee Shop
- Approx length of visit - 02:00
- In town/city centre
- Indoor Attraction
- Max group size - 30
- Min group size - 10
- No Smoking Attraction
- Blue Badge Guides admitted free
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- TIC Staff Admitted Free
- Visa accepted
- Marketed towards children
- Marketed towards families
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
- Groups Accepted - Pre-booking essential.
- Festival of Archaeology 2015
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Travelers Choice 2023
- Very Good137
- polartrekBuckinghamshire, United KingdomTrip Type:Friends getawaySimply marvellous @Salisbury museumSunday, 2nd July 2023Simply marvellous at the Salisbury museum, the span of archeological time covered by viewing the exhibits is like being within a tardis & covering over half a million years. There are friendly... Read full review
- HelloGingerCatGlasgow, United KingdomA lovely little museum!Sunday, 2nd July 2023Decided to visit after my trip to stone henge! Took me roughly 20 minutes to get there. The staff were very friendly and welcoming and the prices were reasonable! However it is a small museum (took... Read full review
- AD1192Bath, United KingdomGreat museumMonday, 3rd July 2023Visited, they are being refurbished so only half of the museum open, which lead to a generous discount in ticket price. Was still able to see the archaeology my main reason for visiting so that was... Read full review
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