The Weston Museum, also known as the Weston-super-Mare Museum, is a museum with interesting exhibits about local history from prehistoric times to the present day.
The museum was established in 1861 by shoemaker William Mable who had collected a number of historical artefacts pertaining to the town’s history. However, it did not move into a permanent building until after his death.
What to see at the Weston Museum
The museum is located in a Grade II listed building that was previously home to the Weston Gaslight Company.
It has four permanent galleries and two spaces that are used for temporary exhibitions. The museum’s displays include an exhibit about prehistoric life and an exhibit showing how Weston-super-Mare grew from a small fishing village to a vibrant seaside resort. The museum also hosts a programme of temporary exhibitions.
The museum’s highlight is ‘Rusty the Iron Age Dog’, a canine skeleton that was made from the remains of two dogs who lived between 2100 and 2600 years ago around the site of the M5 motorway.
Visiting the Weston Museum
The Weston Museum is located at the eastern edge of the town centre and most points of interest are no more than a 10-minute walk from here. From the museum, it is around a two-minute walk to the Lambretta Museum, a seven-minute walk from the Grand Pier and a nine-minute walk to the railway station.
Admission to the museum is free of charge.
The museum has a small on-site cafe and its location close to the town centre means that there are plenty of other places to eat and drink nearby.