Somerset County Council

Somerset Rural Life Museum


Somerset Rural Life Museum is now closed for refurbishment

For more information about the museum and the redevelopment programme, visit the 'Sowing the seeds - redeveloping the Somerset Rural Life Museum' website

You can find information about events at The Museum of Somerset and the other museums in Somerset 
on our Newsroom site.

The magnificent fourteenth-century Abbey Barn is the centrepiece of the museum. The barn and the farm buildings surrounding the courtyard contain displays and tools used in local rural activities such as mud horse fishing, peat digging and cider making.

The museum is housed in the attractive setting of a Victorian farmhouse, farm buildings and cider orchard.  

Where is it?
The museum is located at:
Abbey Farm,
Chilkwell Street,
BA6 8DB.

Friends of the Somerset Rural Life Museum
The Friends of the Somerset Rural Life Museum brings together people who are passionate about Somerset's past and future. If you love museums and care about Somerset's rich heritage we want you to join us. The Association is a charity, founded in 1975, to support the Somerset Rural Life Museum, Glastonbury in the advancement of its aims and policies. Membership benefits include newsletters, exhibition previews and opportunities to undertake research work.

The Friends are always happy to recruit new members with an interest in Somerset's past.

Membership Benefits:

  • A newsletter three times a year

  • Previews of exhibitions

  • Lectures and demonstrations (such as, dry stone walling, bee keeping, pillow lace making and cooking on the range)

  • Outings (for example, to other museums)

  • Opportunities to undertake research work

  • Involvement with running the shop

  • Helping with educational activities

  • Helping with the Somerset Voices Oral Archive 

Annual Subscription Rates:
Under 18s: £2
Senior Citizens: £7
Adults: £10
Families: £15
Life membership: £100

The subscription year starts on 1 February. Subscriptions should be sent to the Membership Secretary, care of Somerse Rural Life Museum. Cheques should be made payable to the Friends of Somerset Rural Life Museum.


Contact: Somerset Rural Life Museum
Address: Somerset Rural Life Museum, Abbey Farm, Chilkwell Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 8DB
Contact no: 01458 831197
Fax: 01458 834684 


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