history museums in South Somerset
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South Somerset Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in South 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.

South Somerset Museums and Galleries

Castle Cary Road, Sparkford, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 7LH
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The Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world.

A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50's and 60's glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royce's to exciting super cars of today, like the Jaguar XJ220 and the Ferrari 360 F1 Spider. You can discover the world famous Red Room, a further 11 huge display halls. We can cater for weddings and functions with two fully equipped large sized halls available, perfect for any venue.

Complete your day out in our cafe, serving a variety of drinks and snacks, visit our gift shop whilst the children play on our adventure play area, 'Kids Race Track' or on our soft play bus.
Tel: 01963 440804
E-mail: info@haynesmotormuseum.co.uk
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blank tabFLEET AIR ARM MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
R.N.A.S Yeovilton, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8HT
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The Fleet Air Arm Museum will thrill the whole family. Get up close and personal with Europe's largest collection of Naval aircraft and see the first British Concorde.

The Aircraft Carrier Experience is breathtaking. You'll 'Fly' by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the Ark Royal where two enormous projection screens show aircraft taking off and landing. Witness an air sea rescue when a Buccaneer is lost over the side of the Ark Royal into the sea. There's even a nuclear bomb.

Situated alongside RNAS Yeovilton, you may also see aircraft flying in and out. Visit The Fleet Air Arm Museum. The thrill is being there.
Tel: 01935 840565
E-mail: enquiries@fleetairarm.com
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blank tabWILLOW & WETLANDS VISITOR CENTREMuseums & Galleries
Meare Green Court, Stoke St. Gregory, Taunton, Somerset, TA3 6HY
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The Coate family has been growing and manufacturing willow products since the early 19th Century. Now the only area that is still cultivated for the production of baskets, furniture, garden items and high quality artists' charcoal, the willow industry takes full advantage of the warm Somerset climates for growing. Take a guided tour to see the process of how willow is grown and processed prior to be turning into beautifully handcrafted baskets, garden features etc, and explore our unique museum or take one of three walks through the glorious Somerset countryside. Enjoy offers a tempting range of homemade cakes, cream teas and other refreshments at The Lemon Tree Coffee House, whilst the craft studios offer a very special range of locally made products. There is something for everyone here.
Tel: 01823 490249
E-mail: info@englishwillowbaskets.co.uk
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Chard & District Museum

Godworthy House, High St, Chard, Somerset, TA20 1QB
Tel:  01460 65091

This award winning local museum has a wide variety of exhibits, starting with the story of Chard from 1235, the fire of 1577 and its disaster for the cloth trade; Monmouth's rebellion; the lace mills and the riots of 1842; the Epaulets, Lords of the Manor; and Chard in the two world wars. There are also displays on Chard's earlier history and prehistory, and local geology.

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