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“A journey back to the dawn of history”

The Salisbury Museum
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Salisbury Museum Entry Ticket
Ranked #6 of 79 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 15 April 2018

If you are interested in Archeology and history, then this is the place for you. We lost all count of time. How wonderful to talk to such knowledgeable guides who obviously loved and knew their subject. I did not realise that skeletons could be so fascinating in what they tell us with the aid of modern science. This is a must for children. If you are a seamstress, then do not miss the costume and fabrics exhibition. They certainly had small feet in the 16th century.

Thank Sillyoldfool
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"pre history"
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"pull out"
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"turner paintings"
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"on display"
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"rex whistler"
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"interesting exhibits"
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"local history"
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"special exhibition"
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"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed 27 March 2018

We arrived to find the museum had an exhibition on that we enjoyed. The toilet were clean and the shop limited. Good Visit but expected more on the history.

Thank Ducknzzz
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Reviewed 23 March 2018

We had some time to spare while in the city so decided to visit the musuem. They have a lovely collection of archeological artefacts from the Old Sarum and Stonehenge sites.

Thank Renuka J
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

I went to see Constable's Haywain which was almost overwhelming. The Museum has many treasures and you can keep your ticket and go back within the year if you haven't time to 'do itall'

Thank FiofBucks
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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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