history museums in Mendips & North Somerset
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Mendips & North Somerset Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Mendips & North Somerset ...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Mendips & North Somerset Museums and Galleries

blank tabBLACKSWAN ARTSMuseums & Galleries
The Black Swan, 2 Bridge Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BB

Black Swan Arts is a dynamic venue for contemporary arts and crafts. Our purpose is to provide an enriching and challenging arts experience for everyone. There are two galleries dedicated to an ambitious programme of exhibitions showing high quality innovative work. We offer a range of educational events including talks, residencies and workshops in support of the exhibition programme.
Tel: 01373 473980    Fax: 01373 473980
E-mail: office@blackswan.org.uk
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Glastonbury Lake Village Museum

The Tribunal, 9 High St, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9DP
Tel: 01458 832954

The fascinating story of the Glastonbury Lake Village can be viewed in the Tribunal, a 15th century grade 1 listed building, that also houses the Tourist Information Centre. The Lake Village Museum, housed on the upper floor of the historic Tribunal building in Glastonbury High Street, presents a fascinating insight into everyday life in an Iron-Age settlement, dating from around 2000 years old, when much of Somerset's landscape was covered by marshy sea. Although these marshes have long since been artificially drained, the excellent preservative properties of the peaty wetland soils in the Glastonbury area left an archaeological legacy of international importance - why not visit the Museum and see the story of the Glastonbury Lake Village described in a modern and informative way?

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The Museum of Pagan Heritage

11 -12 St Johns Square, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9LJ
Tel: 01458 831666     E-mail: info@themuseumofpaganheritage.org     

The Museum of Pagan Heritage is an innovative modern museum, telling the story of Paganism just the way it is. The Museum is dedicated to the pagan cultural and spiritual heritage of the UK and other countries. It features an Egyptian gallery including a reconstruction of an Egyptian tomb, a mystical landscape area. Two Glastonbury galleries focusing on the history, myths and legends of Avalon and a gallery on traditional Paganism.

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Somerset Rural Life Museum

Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
Tel: 01458 831197    Fax: 01458 831197
E-mail: county-museums@somerset.gov.uk     

The Somerset Rural Life Museum is set in a Victorian farm and the magnificent 14th Century Abbey Barn. Displays of traditional farming practices and local industries of peat cutting, with growing, cheese and cider making.

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