Discover 500,000 years of history - from the archaeology of ancient Wessex to contemporary art - all in a stunning medieval building set within the glorious setting of the Cathedral Close.
The main strength of the museum rests in its internationally important archaeological collections, with a world-class gallery of archaeology housing one of Europe’s most extensive collections of Stonehenge and prehistoric artefacts.
The History of Salisbury Gallery includes the ‘Drainage Collection’ – a group of every day objects discovered in the open sewers which once flowed through the streets of Salisbury – and Britain’s oldest surviving medieval giant. There is also a Ceramics Gallery, and the newly re-displayed Fashion Gallery which explores how we interact with clothes, and tells the stories of some of the items in the museum’s collection.
The main exhibition galleries feature regularly changing, nationally important exhibitions, whilst the events programme has illuminating talks, workshops, courses and family events.
The museum is based in the King’s House, a Grade I listed building located opposite Salisbury Cathedral, which formerly housed a teacher training college and was the inspiration for an episode in Thomas Hardy’s novel Jude the Obscure.
There is a gift shop in the museum, with a carefully curated range of gifts and books for all ages, and a café open for morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon tea – which also happens to have the best view of the Cathedral in town!
|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:
- Very Good132
- tracyrE2624XJGood introduction to history of areaThursday, 17th February 2022Has an interesting and very informative history of the area covering mesolthic to medieval. Small cosy museum with plenty to look at without beeing overwhelming. Read full review
- Paul BInformative and enjoyableFriday, 25th February 2022An excellent Museum, friendly and helpful staff. Although comparatively small, the Archaeology section provides a wealth of fascinating information about the Wiltshire / Dorset area and the artefacts... Read full review
- Sarah BTrip Type:Friends getawayVaried exhibitionsSunday, 27th February 2022A great little museum, varied exhibitions, lovely cafe. We particularly enjoyed the Wessex exhibition, and its Swallowcliffe bed burial etc Read full review