Open Wednesday to Saturday 

10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Admission by advance booking only

Advance Booking

Please book online and in advance. This is to help us manage the number of people in the museum and reduce contact

Stay Safe

We have made a few changes that put your safety, as well as the safety of our staff, first. Face coverings are required


The museum is run by a charity. Please consider donating £3 per person. We need your support now more than ever

Art Exhibition

Visit our new exhibition of paintings inspired by trees on Exmoor and Dartmoor

Kids Trails

Explore the museum on the new ‘In the Footsteps of History’ trail

Castle Cafe

The Castle Cafe is open. Seating in the courtyard only


Don’t forget your pennies! The shop is open

Reopening FAQs

  •     Is the whole museum open?

    Yes, all the galleries are open to explore. The cafe, shop and toilets are open too. 

    The only exception is the Somerset Military Museum. This will remain closed to the public as social distancing is very difficult. We plan to reopen in the autumn.

    There is a one-way route for visitors to follow around the museum. 

    A new art exhibition is also open to enjoy. 

    The cafe is temporarily only accessible by museum visitors. Tickets for cafe-only visit will be available shortly.

  •     Which facilities are available?

    Each museum booking includes access to the shop at the beginning of your visit and the café at the end of your visit

    Castle Cafe

    The Castle Café is open and serving food and drink. There is no indoor seating. All seating is outdoor in the castle courtyard and table service is provided. Tables and chairs have been spaced out to provide a safer environment and additional gazebos will be available. Payment is by card only. 

    Museum Shop

    The shop is open. Where possible visitors are asked to shop at the start of their visit, to avoid touching products unless they are purchasing, and to use contactless payment.


    The toilets are open. They will be cleaned regularly and will operate on a one-in, one-out basis.  Our urinals will not be in use in line with Government guidelines.


    The lift is available for use, but due to the nature of the one-way system there may at times be a slight delay. Visitors should only use the lift with members of their household.

    Lockers, Coats and Bags

    Visitors are not able to leave shopping or coats at the Welcome Desk so we ask them to bear that in mind when planning their day.  There will be no lockers available. 

  •     How do I book?

    The booking system enables us to comply with the ‘Test and Trace’ requirement.  Contact information must be provided at the point of booking. We will record your arrival time and keep this information for 3 weeks.

    All visitors must book their visit in advance, this should be done on-line if possible.  If you do not have access to the internet please contact us on 01823 255088 and we will book a timed ticket for you if available.  If any of your party have additional needs and you would like any help or advice with planning your visit please contact us before booking.

    Each party is allocated a 20 minute time slot within which you must arrive. You can stay as long as you like. Each booking includes access to the shop at the beginning of your visit and the café at the end of your visit.

    Tickets are released weekly.

    Opening times are currently subject to change. 

  •     What Coronavirus precautions are in place?

    Booking and Access

    We are limiting the numbers of visitors who can access the site through the use of the online booking system. It also enables us to comply with the ‘Test and Trace’ requirement. 

    We will monitor visitor numbers in different areas and will intervene if we feel an area is getting too busy.

    Where possible we have increased air flow around the museum. 

    There is a one-way route around the site.

    Safety and Hygiene

    Perspex screens are installed at the Welcome Desk, and staff may be wearing visors or masks as appropriate.

    There will be a continual cleaning regime, paying special attention to high touch points such as door handles.

    We have removed or adapted the interactives which require touch.

    We have installed paper towel dispensers in our toilets and provided no-touch bins which will be double bagged and emptied regularly.

    The children’s trails are prepared 72 hours in advance and their prize will be the special pencil they use to complete the trail. 

  •     What Coronavirus precautions do I need to observe?

    For your safety and the safety of our staff, visitors must pre-book a timed ticket.

    Please do not book if you live in a local lockdown area, if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus, if you are awaiting a test result, or if you have been contacted by NHS: Test and Trace.

    Face Coverings

    For your safety and the safety of other visitors and of staff, you are required to wear a face covering in this building.

    Hand Hygiene

    Hand sanitiser is available on arrival and exit from the museum and hand washing facilities are available. Visitors are asked to make use of them.

    Where possible visitors are asked to shop at the start of their visit, to avoid touching products unless they are purchasing, and to use contactless payment.

    Social Distancing

    Visitors are asked to socially distance and for each group to stay at least two metres apart from each other.

    Visitors may be asked to wait at certain points if social distancing is not possible in a given area.

  •     How do I donate?

    The Museum of Somerset is run by a charity – the South West Heritage Trust.

    Each year we welcome over 70,000 visitors to the museum. Donations are vital for the work we do in helping people to discover Somerset’s rich and remarkable heritage.

    You can donate online when booking your ticket or make card and cash donations during your visit. Our suggested donation amount is £3 per person.

    Gift Aid helps your donation go further

    Thank you for your support.

  •     How will you comply with NHS: Test and Trace?

    We will hold your booking details relating to each visit in order to comply with NHS Test and Trace guidelines.

IMAGES: Culbone Wood Fernery with Whitebeams by Claire Cansick; Photos by Visit Somerset