About Us

Anglo Saxon Mount from Swallowcliffe

Salisbury Museum is based in the King’s House, a grade I listed building located opposite Salisbury Cathedral. We have a small but friendly staff, supported by over 100 volunteers. We offer a variety of services, including the opportunity to hire this unique location for corporate events and activities.

About the Museum

Salisbury Museum is situated in the glorious setting of Cathedral Close. The Museum is home to  archaeological collections of national importance.

Facility Hire

The King’s House is a unique and atmospheric medieval building opposite Salisbury Cathedral.

Museum History

Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum was founded by Dr Richard Fowler in 1860 and was for many years located in St Ann’s Street in the city.


The Museum offers most of the services that you might expect from a leading museum. Please remember that the Museum has a small staff and it can be busy.

The Team

There is a small but friendly staff supported by volunteers largely drawn from the 1,500 strong Museum membership.

Wessex Gallery

In June 2012 the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded Salisbury Museum a grant of nearly £1.8 million towards the development of the new Wessex Gallery of archaeology.

Salisbury Museum

In 2009 the museum commissioned architects and designers Metaphor to produce a masterplan for the King’s House. After the completion of the first stage of the plan – the Wessex Gallery – the masterplan was significantly revised and we now plan to redevelop the remainder of the building with a major HLF grant.