Free day at Salisbury Museum

As part of our 150th anniversary celebrations the museum will be joining forces with the Cathedral and other Close attractions and opening its doors for free – all day from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 19 June. This initiative, first tried in 2008 as part of the Cathedral's 750 celebrations, attracted thousands of visitors from the local community and we hope this year will be no exception.

Throughout the day the museum will have activities for families including face painting. For visitors who buy an annual pass we will be offering a free place on a special behind the scenes tour of the museum with the Director*. You will also be able to see our latest exhibition, Touchstone, and have tea on the front lawn with its fine view of the Cathedral.

Since this is the museum’s 150th anniversary year we have also invited along local history societies from south Wiltshire to showcase their work. Visitors will be able to find our about some of the activities and projects that the groups are currently undertaking. Displays will include the amazing Redlynch Quilt, the Tisbury Town Criers outfit and the opportunity to see natural history specimens up close with an electronic microscope.

The organisations taking part include Avon Valley Archaeological Society, Bemerton Local History Society, Fordingbridge Historical Society, Fordingbridge Museum, Salisbury Local History Society, Salisbury Natural History Society, Salisbury Industrial Archaeological Society, Redlynch and District Local History Society and Tisbury Local History Society.

Additional Information
*An annual pass for an adult costs £12, but will entitle the user to unlimited access to the museum all year (a normal adult day ticket is £6).

Behind the Scenes Tours will be at 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Spaces will be limited to 20 people per tour. They will be filled on a first come first served basis.

For further details contact Sara Willis or Adrian Green at Salisbury Museum on 01722 332151 or email