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“Little Gem but with a Price Tag”

The Salisbury Museum
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Ranked #6 of 77 things to do in Salisbury
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Salisbury Museum is based in the Grade 1 listed building, The King's House, just opposite the west front of Salisbury Cathedral. It houses a significant archaeological collection relating to nearby Stonehenge, as well as costume, fine art (including Turner watercolours) and ceramics. Our new Wessex Gallery dedicated to the archaeology of south Wiltshire has just opened.
Reviewed 21 February 2018

We visited for the Terry Pratchett exhibition in January 2018 (as did a lot of other people!) and having planned our trip for several month beforehand we were a little put out with the organisation of the place for the exhibition. It seems the staff were not prepared for the sheer visitor numbers on the penultimate weekend! No matter, we were there early enough to enjoy the exhibition after a short amount of queuing, and even had a mooch around the rest of the museum.

Like many local museums, it's artefacts and displays range from the interesting, to the bizarre, with everything in between! Particularly enjoyed the Giant - although personally would have preferred more information boards/plaques attached the the offerings.

We pay just under £9 for a adult ticket. This was well worth it for the exhibition. However I understand this is the normal entry price and the exhibition was actually free. I think £9 is a bit steep for entry to a building that you would (under normal circumstances) struggle to kill an hour in - but I do understand the funding pressures it is no doubt under.

The shop was okay - I have seen much better gift shops, but worse ones too - and more could be done to maximise profits here. I tried to buy something to support the museum, but ended up coming away empty handed. Partly because the shop had sold out of much of the exhibition themed mechanise when we returned later in the day, and partly because there wasn't much in the way of the local curios to buy.

The cafe seemed reasonable and the staff friendly. We didn't actually buy anything to eat and drink but I had a quick look and the place seemed clean and tidy, and the staff friendly. Again I suspect more could be done to maximise profits here and draw down the entry price.

Worth a visit on a rainy day if you are in Salisbury - but not at the expense of visiting the cathedral opposite that is quite simply break taking (or Stonehenge on a nice day!)

Thank Eleanor H
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Reviewed 20 February 2018

Me and my family visited for half term .it was very expensive what it s,cafe is handy when u finish your visit.

Thank terryknights2018
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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We must admit we were a bit sceptical at first when we were told that we needed to pay £7.50 each for the museum as, in our experience, many town/city museums are free, but we decided to pay and we are pretty pleased we did. On the ground floor there is a large room with exhibits from early history including a few skeletons and artifacts from hundreds/thousands of years ago. The information on the boards was interesting and there were hands on activities for children. There was also a room for temporary exhibits which when when we went had an artist's paintings which weren't to our taste but we could appreciate the talent. On the upper floors there were rooms dedicated to more modern history of the area, including costumes and photos of Salisbury city centre over time etc. The guides dotted around were very informative and friendly.

Personally, considering you do have to pay, I think the only things that need thinking about are a film at the begining to introduce the area and how it has changed over time as this could be interesting and perhaps an audio system where you could listen to the information instead of reading it for those with visual disabilities or simply for those who prefer to listen than read. But overall a nice way of spending a couple of hours.

2  Thank JoandBarry
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

First time here for many, many moons and I know we have missed some really good events but Terry Pratchett made us come along and what a relief that we came. The short term appearance of many Terry Pratchett memorabilia was not to be missed. Nor were the Paul Kidby pictures and illustrations displayed along side Terry's works. Whist at the museum we found time to investigate many of the other artifacts on display. Definitely need to go again as there are many additions since our last far off visit.

Thank Brianford
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Our visit fell between exhibitions and a couple of the rooms were not open. It didn't matter. There is so much of interest that we ran out of time and were unable to give the museum the attention that it deserved. Despite spending an hour and a half in the museum we needed another hour at least. We were particularly fascinated to get so close to a piece of bling fashioned for King Alfred, and a gold torque more than 3000 years old that looked like new. At the other end of the scale were a Neanderthal hand axe, and a meteorite the size of a beachball.
The building itself is of interest and my only critiscism would be that I would have liked more detail about it's history, and description of the rooms. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable, and made sure that we didn't miss anything, though I must admit that there were very few visitors on that day.
The museum deserves more marketing/publicity.

Thank Paul R
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