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The Salisbury Museum, Salisbury

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The Salisbury Museum (previously The Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum) is a museum in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. It houses one of the best collections relating to Stonehenge and local archaeology.
The museum is housed in The King's House, a Grade I listed building, where King James I of England was entertained in 1610 and 1613. Set in the surroundings of the Cathedral Close, the museum faces the west front of Salisbury Cathedral. Previously at 40-42 St Ann Street, where it had been founded in 1860 by Dr Richard Fowler, FRS, it transferred to its current site in 1981.
The original three-storey building, with mullioned and transomed windows, ornate plaster ceilings and a fine oak-balustraded staircase, houses the main temporary exhibition gallery with the ceramics gallery above. The arms of James I's eldest son, Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, can be seen in a window in the Wedgwood gallery upstairs.

The director of the museum is Adrian Green.
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  • We spent a great couple of hours at the Salisbury Museum. Nigel gave us an absolutely outstanding overview of some of the highlights of the museum and we couldn’t be more appreciative - thanks Nigel.....  more »
  • an excellent few hours out of the rain and very interesting as it was the only one open. But was nice to walk around.  more »
  • Museum at southern end of Salisbury Cathedral Close. Rather piecemeal collection of local finds, ranging from prehistoric times to last century. The section of various scenes from medieval to modern times needed clearer explanation of how the city grew and developed. Some of the archaeological exhibits (skeletons etc) were fascinating. Excellent cafe for light refreshments, with outside seating. Entrance fee.
  • My grandson and I go today the under 5 sessions which are amazing. Today my 11 year went to the climbing wall. He loved it. Well done the museum.

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