The Salisbury Museum

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 building where King James I of England was entertained in 1610 and 1613.

The collections range from archaeology to fine art and costume. The archeology collection is estimated to be in excess of 100,000 objects and digs deep into the story of the region. Highlights include finds from every 20th century excavation at Stonehenge, the Amesbury Archer, the medieval finds from Old Sarum and the Salisbury drainage collection.

The art on display includes five watercolours by J. M. W. Turner, a pencil drawing by John Constable and an oil painting by Augustus John. There are about 4,000 pieces in total. There is also a Rex Whistler Archive. The artist Rex Whistler (1905-1944) is most famous for his mural designs at the Tate Gallery restaurant; Plas Newydd, Anglesey; Port Lympne and Mottisfont Abbey. The museum has five oil paintings on display by Whistler and also holds his archive which was acquired in 2013.

The museum has an important costume and textile collection, which focuses on items made by or associated with local people. The collection – which has about 5,000 items - represents various aspects of life in south Wiltshire including farming, sporting, military history, church and domestic life.

There is a Museum Café with coffee, a daily specials board, cakes and cream teas. A 10% discount is offered to museum members. The cafe also has visitor Wifi and a brilliant view of Salisbury Cathedral. Opening hours  10am - 3pm Monday – Sunday

The Musuem Shop offers a carefully curated selection of books for children and adults who love history. They also have exclusive gifts based on the museum’s collection, and locally sourced items from children’s colour-in textiles, to hand-made glass, scented candles, luxury chocolate and local honey.

There is a Lecture Hall which is regularly used for the museum’s own lectures and is available for private hire by local groups and businesses. Seating up to 120. There is also a Meetings Room which is available for private hire and is suitable for smaller events.

    • City Centre Location
    • Disabled Access
  • Parking - There is some parking on the Museum's forecourt for orange or blue badge holders. One space by the front door is reserved for use only by those with a disability. Park and ride available from five sites just on the outskirts of the city.

    Toilets - Toilets are available in the Museum with a disabled toilet situated near the cafe. This also provides baby care facilities.

    Group bookings - Booking is essential for adult groups of 10 or more.

    Accessibility - Please note that there is wheelchair access to the ground floor only and this includes the Main Exhibition Galleries.

    Tickets -

    Adult £10 *Donation/Gift Aid (£9 standard)

    Child (5-15) £5 *Donation/Gift Aid (£4.50 standard)

    Family (2 Adults + 4 Children) £25 *Donation/Gift Aid  (£22.50 standard)

    Under Five's FREE       

    Adults with disabilities £7.00 - Carer has FREE entry. Children with disabilities have FREE entry

    Free entry to Salisbury Museum members

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