The museum's historic building contains several hallways and landings which are full of fascinating artefacts. Downstairs you will find Roman lead 'pigs' from Charterhouse and Westbury-sub-Mendip.
At the rear of the museum you will discover the moving story of Harry Patch, the "Last Fighting Tommy". Be sure to visit the Harry Patch Memorial on the museum's front lawn.
The Statuary Exhibition on the stairway and landing follows the story of the early stonemasons of Wells, and you will find displays downstairs which explore their tools and techniques. Wells Cathedral was constructed between 1175 and 1490, and the cathedral craftsmen were an integral part of the city of Wells. The magnificent West Front of the cathedral, unmissable as you walk across the Cathedral Green, is a wonder of the medieval world. The museum displays several of the original medieval statues, as well as copies that were created for the Great Exhibition of 1851. Learn about the surprisingly vibrant colours that would have adorned the West Front, and follow the tale of the medieval fruit thief, immortalised in stone as a warning to the masses.
The Statuary Exhibition was opened in June 1995 by HRH The Prince of Wales, pictured below with Jim Hanwell, then museum trustee and Chair of Wells Natural History and Archaeological Society.