Museum of Somerset
Museum of Somerset
The Museum of Somerset stands within the historic confines of 12th century Taunton Castle. The museum tells the story of Somerset from pehistoric times, exploring the history, geography, and archaeology of the county.
Not just a collection of exhibits, the museum uses sound and images, with recordings of Somerset people past and present to bring home the fascinating tale of how the county developed. There are interactive exhibits which will appeal to all ages.

As a part of the Museum of Somerset you can visit the Somerset Military Museum.

Some of the most popular exhibits include the Frome Hoard, the largest single stash of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain, and the Low Ham mosaic, a Roman treasure dated from the 4th century. The mosaic is the oldest object in Britain to tell a complete story; in this case the tragic love story of Dido and Aeneas.

Taunton Castle was the scene of historical drama in the aftermath of Monmouth's Rebellion in 1685, when the infamous Judge Jeffreys' Bloody Assizes was held in the great hall here. The prisoners awaiting trial were held in the 13th century undercroft, where you can now visit the 'Rebellion' gallery and relive the events. The gallery has recreated a prison scene, where Monmouth's supporters await their fate and nooses hang ready to receive them.