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.