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Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
Somerset Rural Life Museum is reopening in June following a major £2.4 million redevelopment.

The museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history. Visitors can enjoy the five Farmhouse Galleries which explore the themes of ‘Creating’, ‘Learning’, ‘Believing’, ‘Celebrating’ and ‘Remembering.’ In the large Farmyard Gallery the major themes are ‘Working Village’ and ‘Working the Land’.

The magnificent 14th-century Abbey Barn remains the centrepiece of the site. Outside spaces, including the Farmyard and the Orchard, contain sculpture and family trails that interpret the history of the site and its buildings.

The Farmyard Café will be open all year round at this family-friendly destination, offering high-quality locally-sourced food and drink.

We will be open 10.00 am to 5.00 pm, Tuesday to Sunday until the end of October and Tuesday to Saturday from November to Easter, plus Bank Holiday Mondays.

The museum is part of the South West Heritage Trust, an independent charity committed to protecting and celebrating Somerset and Devon’s rich heritage. As well as the widely-praised Museum of Somerset and the redeveloped Somerset Rural Life Museum, in Glastonbury, the Trust manages state-of-the-art facilities in Taunton and Exeter to care for the extraordinary archive collections of the two counties. The Trust also provides essential advice about the historic environment and manages historic sites.

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  • Very informative and well laid out museum. Welcoming and helpful staff. One waY system in place round the museum which works well - hand washing and sanitising facilities easily available. Amazing...  more »
  • My wife and I visited this museum and were very impressed. It operated on a booking system where you book a timeslot to enter due to Covid and this ensured that we didn't meet other groups on the way....  more »
  • This is a must see for any visitor and also for any local especially if, as I do you have an interest in the way we used to live. The exhibition space was fantastic for Matilda Temperley's opening night. The fire roaring outside was perfect and the space itself is a wonder. The refurbishment has been done to a very high standard and you can easily lose a couple of wonderful hours here. Back soon!!
  • Could do with better signing if it wasn't for my PHONE Sat nav we would have driven straight past it. It's worth going as u only pay once and go as many times as you can in a year. Parking is included

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