See Somerset Rural Life Museum on Heritage Open Days

Somerset Rural Life Museum in Glastonbury is opening its doors next week as part of Heritage Open Days.

The museum is currently closed for redevelopment but on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 September the 14th-century Abbey Barn will be open to the public.

From 10.00 am to 4.00 pm visitors can meet the architect working on the redevelopment project, see a model and visualisations of new galleries to be created in the farmhouse, and learn about the archaeological excavations which have taken place. 

This will be the last chance for visitors to see the site before work commences. Find out about what the team have been up to since the museum closed its doors in March and learn more about the redevelopment plans. Staff and volunteers will be there to answer any questions.

Heritage Open Days celebrate England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to properties, or parts of properties, that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.

David Hall, Somerset County Council Cabinet Member for Heritage Services, said: “The museum is greatly valued by Somerset residents and this is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn more about the museum’s redevelopment.”

Please note that the Abbey Barn has an earth floor and access is via a gravel driveway. The museum car park will not be open and it is recommended that visitors park in the town centre.  There is also limited parking on the main road outside the museum. Somerset Rural Life Museum is in Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB.