Our Mission is to inspire people to explore the archaeology, history and environment of Wiltshire.
Set in the historic market town of Devizes the Wiltshire Museum is housed in Georgian and Victorian buildings – all Grade II listed.
The Museum has been located here since 1874 and contains the largest collection of Early Bronze Age gold ever put on public display in England. Award-winning displays transform public understanding of the era and feature 500 Stonehenge period objects, including 30 pieces of gold treasure, together with archaeology, art, natural history, local history, and an Archive and Library which is open to the public. We have a platform lift for those not able to manage the stairs. More information about our facilities can be found on our Access page.
The Museum is open throughout the year for visitors and researchers and in addition to the permanent galleries offers a variety of events, lectures and special exhibitions for all ages.
The Wiltshire Museum is owned and run by the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, a Registered Charity and Company Limited by Guarantee. The Society was formed in 1853 to establish a Museum and Library and for the promotion and study of objects connected with Wiltshire. This works continues today and to support our vital educational work and the long-term care of our nationally important collections please consider becoming a member. For more information click here.
Awards and Quality Marks
The Museum collections have been Designated by the Government - an accolade, celebrating unique collections of national and international importance. Organisations holding Designated collections are expected to work towards the provision of high-quality services which deliver the fullest possible access to those collections and to take a leadership role by sharing expertise, offering advice and lending objects or materials.
We are a fully Accreditated Museum – which means we meet nationally agreed standards on collections care, museum management and the provision of information and services to visitors.
We have the VisitEngland Quality Rose Marque. This is a quality based assessment reflecting the visitor experience and the quality of the product and services offered by the museum and its staff and volunteers. The assessment is underpinned by VisitEngland’s National Code of Practice.