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 200 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.

Photo: Ash Mills

There is a small but friendly staff supported by volunteers largely drawn from the 2,200 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.

Wessex Museums Partnership

Four museums working together to tell the amazing story of Dorset and Wiltshire.