The Salisbury Museum
The Salisbury Museum is situated in Kings House, a marvellous Grade I listed building in the close of Salisbury Cathedral. Kings House has a history spreading back to the 13th century, but it’s the archaeological collections that are the museums main strength.
The museum houses important finds and artefacts from the World Heritage site at Stonehenge along with other finds from Salisbury and South Wiltshire. In its collections and display information the museum details the history of the area from prehistoric times to the present day.
Other significant pieces at The Salisbury Museum are the finds of the Bronze Age ‘Amesbury Archer’ burial; the Wardour Hoard containing 4,000-year-old sword fragments, spearheads and chisels; the Monkton Deverill gold torc and the Warminster Jewel, a manuscript pointer from Alfred the Great’s reign.
The Roman and Saxon collections include finds from local farms and cemeteries, and an interesting collection of medieval finds recovered from the old drains in Salisbury which were replaced with sewers in the 1850s.
Besides the archaeological collections, The Salisbury Museum also shows the life and work of Pitt-Rivers, a leading Victorian anthropologists and archaeologists. Other collections trace the social history of Salisbury and Wiltshire through displays of local business artefacts and costumes from the last 250 years. The museum also has a wide and fascinating collection of art, glass and ceramics.
The Kings House café provides a lovely choice of refreshments, cakes, and home cooked lunches. There is a well-stocked shop in the museum selling quality gifts and historical and educational books.
The Salisbury Museum is open from Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. From June to September it’s also open on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm.