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
CURRENT OPENING TIMES: 25 September to 30 January 2022– open SEVEN days a week:
OPEN: 25 September to 31 October:
Monday* to Saturday (10am to 5pm)
Sundays (11am to 4pm)
OPEN 1 November to 30 January:
Monday* to Saturday (10am to 4pm)
Sundays (11am to 4pm)
*Mondays – we open at 11am
Christmas/New Year Period
CLOSED – 24 to 28 December; early closing 31 December; 1 to 3 January.
Please Note: Dates and Times subject to change
Pre-book online HERE
Advance Notice: the Museum will be CLOSED from 31 January to 15 February 2022.
The Archive & Library remains CLOSED at present.
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.
Adults: standard £6.00 (£6.50 with Gift Aid*)
Concessions: £5.00 (£5.50 with Gift Aid)
Children under 18: FREE – up to four children under 18with an adult paying standard or gift aid admission (Excluding school and organised groups). Under 16s to be accompanied by an adult please.
Concessions: Over 60, students showing a valid ID card.
Temporary exhibitions are, usually, included in the normal admission charge for the Museum.
Archive and Library visits are included in the normal admission charge for the Museum.
Group visits – must be pre-booked. Maximum group size during the Covid-19 pandemic is six.
Adults: £5.00 per head for pre-booked groups
Children under 16: £2.00 per head, in teacher led groups.
Children under 16: £5 per head, if participating in a Museum led workshop (£4 per head for Devizes schools).
Tour leader and driver admitted free.
Pre-booked tour of our Prehistoric Wiltshire Galleries featuring gold from the Time of Stonehenge – £60 + per head charge.
Booked parties are welcome during normal opening hours and we can open specially for group visits. We can also arrange catering – from a simple sandwich lunch to a formal dinner at our Board table. Please contact us to see how we can help make your visit to the Museum special.
* 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.
Entry is FREE for members of WANHS (the Society which owns the Museum and Library) as well as members of Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum, Dorset County Museum, the Museums Association, the Art Fund and carers accompanying a registered disabled visitor. Blue Badge guides also have free entry. A 50% discount is available for English Heritage members
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.
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