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
The Somerset Rural Life Museum is based in Glastonbury. In the Abbey Farmhouse the social and domestic life of Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms and there is a lively events programme as well as regular temporary exhibitions. There is also a tea room and museum shop.
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. The magnificent 14th century Abbey Barn is the centrepiece of the Somerset Rural Life Museum.
In the farmhouse, the social and domestic life of Victorian Somerset is described in reconstructed rooms and an exhibition which tells the life story of a farm worker, John Hodges, from the cradle to the grave.
The barn and the farm buildings surrounding the courtyard contain displays showing the tools and techniques of farming in Victorian Somerset.
Local activities like willow growing, mud horse fishing, peat digging and cider making are included.
Regular craft demonstrations and temporary exhibitions are held throughout the season as well as educational activities for schools.
Where is it?
The museum is located at:
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.
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
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.