This was a fantastic museum. They have really thought about children and made large areas of the museum interactive for them to explore not just look at.
Visiting the Museum: Times and Prices
Summer 2022 (5 April to 30 October):
- Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
- Sundays: 11am to 3pm.
- Bank holiday opening times - click here.
- Archive & Library opening times - click here.
Usual Winter Opening times:
- Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 4pm
If making a special or long distance journey, please check with us beforehand that we will be open. As an independent museum with a small staff we may have to close at short notice.
Our admission prices will be increasing on Saturday 28 May 2022 - book now at the existing rate!
Pre-booking is recommended - Pre-book online HERE.
- Standard £6.00 (£6.50 with Gift Aid*) [from May 2022: £7.50/£8]
- Archive and Library - the cost of research visits is included in the normal admission charge for the Museum
- Temporary exhibitions are, usually, included in the normal admission charge for the Museum
- £5.00 (£5.50 with Gift Aid*) [from May 2022: £6.50/£7.00]
- Over 60, students showing a valid ID card.
- Children (under 18) - up to four children, with an adult paying standard or gift aid admission. Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult please.
- Members of WANHS (the Society which owns the Museum and Library)
- Members of Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
- Members of Dorset County Museum
- Members of the Museums Association
- Art Fund members
- Carers accompanying a registered disabled visitor
- Blue Badge guides
- Visit - Schools
- English Heritage members: 50% discount (cards to be shown)
- Groups are welcome - visit our Groups page for details.
* Gift Aid admissions include a voluntary donation of at least 10% which supports the Museum and the development of its collections. If you are a UK taxpayer, please complete a Gift Aid declaration which will allow the Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society (Registered Charity number 1080096) to claim an extra 20% from the Government on your payment.
Our charging policy
Your admission fee helps to support our independent charity. We receive £16,780 a year net in council grants. We receive a small revenue grant from Wiltshire Council and Devizes Town Council but pay a proportion of business rates, rubbish collection charges and a pension fund deficit. Our grant is the equivalent of less than 2p for each resident of Wiltshire. Everyone in England pays the equivalent of £6 each to provide free access to National Museums such as Tate Gallery or the British Museum. We enable access to the museum by providing free admission for children and offering free admission on at least one day each year (normally on Heritage Open Day in September).
We are close to the centre of Devizes in the very heart of Wiltshire, at the convergence of the A361, A342, A4361 and A360. Regular buses run to railway stations in Bath, Swindon,Salisbury and Trowbridge and also to Chippenham and Pewsey. All the buses stop at the Market Square.
The Museum lies approximately 500 yards due south of the Market Square on the West side of Long Street, one of the town’s most picturesque streets, lined with Georgian houses. It can easily be found by the wrought iron sign hanging above the arched entrance, flags and the notice boards placed out on the pavement.
For car users, long term parking can be found in the Station Road car park (90p for 2 hours) or you may find on-street parking outside the Museum. Several smaller car parks are scattered throughout the town. Parking is also available on the side of most streets (this is restricted to 30 minutes at the Market Square and 2 hours further away). We can offer limited parking at the rear of the Museum, but this cannot be guaranteed, particularly if we have events. If you are bringing a group, or require a space reserving for you, then please let us know. There is a single blue badge parking space at the front of the museum and there is a dedicated blue badge parking space at the rear of the building. We close the car park from 5pm.
For cyclists, walkers and canal boat users, the town is a major stop on the Kennet and Avon canal which runs from Bath all the way to Reading. The Museum is only 10 minutes walk from the wharf. Cyclists are welcome to leave their bikes just inside the museum's staff car park, but please note that it closes shortly after 5pm most days.
What our visitors say
the Museum pulled all the sightseeing together … helped make sense of everythingVisitors book