Christmas at the Museum of Somerset


This Christmas there will be plenty of fun-packed opportunities to explore the Museum of Somerset at fantastic, seasonal events throughout the festive period.

Santa’s Grotto

Santa’s Grotto will be in the magical alms house every Saturday in December.

Booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment. £4 per child to include a quality-wrapped gift.

Reindeer Trail

After visiting Santa children can also follow the Reindeer Trail around the museum in search of the cuddly reindeer.

£1 per child and includes a treat at the end.

A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera

Monday 11 December,  7.30 pm

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A Christmas Carol: A Folk Opera by GreenMatthews

Acclaimed historical musicians GreenMatthews are welcomed for this delightful performance, a brand-new retelling of Charles Dickenss iconic story, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

£12.50 with booking advised. Booking available via Ticketsource

An Amici Christmas

Friday 15 December, 7.30 pm

Somerset’s premier chamber choir provide a fantastic programme of an eclectic mix of choral music, much-loved carols and songs from the shows, with an opportunity for audience participation.

£12.50 with booking advised.

Buffet-style Festive Lunch

Thursday 21 December, 12.30 am

We will be serving a buffet-style two-course festive lunch in the charming surroundings of the medieval Castle House.

Booking is essential. Tickets cost £12.50.

A Tudor Christmas

Thursday 28 and Friday 29 December, 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Celebrating our prestigious exhibition ‘Henry VII: The First Royal Portrait,’ ‘A Tudor Christmas’ explores Tudor life through music, drama, costume and crafts.

There will be a dramatic retelling of Henry VII’s links to Taunton Castle and music from a traditional Tudor piper.

Children can dress-up for ‘Royal Selfies’ and follow the Castle Trail around the Museum.

Free event, with a small charge for some activities.


Contact us on 01823 255088 or email

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Christmas and New Year opening hours

Closed Sunday 24 – Tuesday 26

Open 10.00 am Wednesday 27 – Friday 29

Closed New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day

Closed for maintenance – Tuesday 9 to Friday 12 January