The South Sights

Alexander Keiller Museum

  • High St. Map It
  • Avebury

Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

The Avebury Stone Circles are put into context by this collection of Neolithic and Bronze Age artifacts from the site, one of the most important prehistoric archeological collections in Britain. The museum contains charts, photos, models, and home movies taken by its namesake, archaeologist Alexander Keiller. It's suggested that Keiller, responsible for the excavation of Avebury in the 1930s, may have adapted the site's layout to highlight presentation more than authenticity. The exhibits are divided between the 17th-century Stables Gallery,which displays finds from Keiller's excavations, the child-friendly Barn Gallery, where you find interactive exhibits about the history of Avebury, and an activity area where kids can dress up in Bronze Age clothes. You can also visit the Manor House, where Keiller lived, and its surrounding gardens. The Tudor-era building received several subsequent (Queen Anne, Regency, and art deco) additions, and the rooms have been filled with acquired or commissioned period-appropriate furniture to illustrate how previous occupants lived.

Sight Information

Address:

High St., Avebury, SN8 1RF, England

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Phone:

01672-539250

Sight Details:

  • Museum £4.40; manor house and gardens £9

Published 08/30/2016

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