We care for a diverse range of historical artefacts and natural specimens. Our displays showcase just a small part of the museum's extensive collections.


The museum tells the story of the Mendip landscape and its inhabitants. There is a large selection of geological and archaeological specimens, and social history artefacts. Rooms are organised thematically, with displays and cabinets focusing on a particular subject.  

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Ground Floor
First Floor
The Balch Room
From child burials to Stone Age tools, explore the excavations at Wookey Hole Caves and see the bones of the Witch of Wookey Hole.
Netherworld of Mendip
Discover the history of caving and cave diving. Learn about the exploration of the hidden world beneath the Mendip Hills.
Jurassic Sea Dragon
This impressive ichthyosaur was discovered in the Liassic rocks of Glastonbury. The specimen is on display in the lobby.
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Statuary & Hallways
Follow the story of the early cathedral stonemasons. Discover hidden gems of natural history and archaeology in the museum's hallways.
Geology Room
Samples of local rocks, fossils and minerals. Learn how the rich mineral wealth of the Mendip Hills has impacted the area and its inhabitants.
A stunning collection of 18th century samplers, some made by children as young as seven. The embroideries were bequeathed by Miss Eveleen Perkin.
Wells City Gallery
The history of Wells, from the arrival of the railways to policing in the city. On display is the original bell-ringing swan from the Bishop's Palace.
Trench Experience
An immersive walkthrough trench experience, bringing to life the sights and sounds of a First World War trench. Part of the Wells Remembers exhibition.
Curator's Choice
A changing display of objects from the collections, specially chosen by the curator. The cabinet is on the mezzanine floor next to The Exhibition Room.
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Opening Hours
Closed - please check back for details of 2021 opening times.
We are currently operating reduced hours following the COVID-19 lockdown. Opening hours will be regularly updated. 

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