Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum Review
Opposite the cathedral's west front, this excellent museum is in the King's House, parts of which date back to the 15th century (James I stayed here in 1610 and 1613). Stonehenge-related models and exhibits in the new Wessex gallery wing devoted to the history of the area from prehistoric times through the 12th century provide helpful background information for a visit to the famous stones. Also on view are skeletons, collections of costumes, lace, embroidery, Wedgwood pottery, and a collection of Turner watercolors, all dwarfed by the medieval pageant figure of St. Christopher, a 14-foot-tall giant, and his companion hobbyhorse, Hob Nob. A cozy café (closed Sunday) is in one of the oldest sections of the building.
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