“ Location: 8 Cathedral Green, Wells Somerset, BA5 2UE. „
We visited the Wells and Mendip Museum back in August. We were looking for a way to spend the morning as we were visiting friends in the area in the afternoon. When searching on Google I found the museum and thought it would be a good way to spend the morning.
The museum is situated in the middle of Wells, opposite the very grand cathedral. There is parking on the road opposite. This was free as it was Sunday but I should imagine there is a charge to pay during the week or on Saturdays.
Entering the museum we were greeted by a very friendly member of staff. She was very helpful, very chatty and took a keen interest in the kids. She gave the kids a free quiz to do which I thought was really good as it would keep their attention and they wouldn't get bored so easily. There were two different quizzes for different age groups which meant the questions were suited to their ages.
The museum is separated into different rooms. We first visited the hallway which although quite small was very interesting. There was a dolls house here which I found to be the most interesting in the whole museum. There was also a cabinet containing butterflies and moths. The lady had to come and open this for us to have a look as they are so delicate and must not be touched but she did this quickly and efficiently. She was very helpful and spoke to the kids about what was inside.
The next room was The Balch Room which houses a vast number of artefacts. We spent a good half hour in this room with the kids trying to do their quizzes. There are lots of different things in here including a number of artefacts from the witch of Wookey Hole. We found this of real interest as we had visited Wookey Hole the month before and found it a fab place to visit (please see review!) There is also the skull of a brown bear and a number of tools and weapons dating back to the stone age.
You then go upstairs where there are a few more rooms to look at. First we went in a room which housed geographical artefacts, I think this was called The Sampler Room. The kids enjoyed this room as there was lots to look at and lots of different things. This room led in to another room which had a great deal of things in including dolls house furniture, hairbrushes and toothbrushes. I liked this room and it was one of my favourites as it is more focussed on the stuff I am interested in. The girls also enjoyed it as it was interesting to them too, especially my niece who loves dolls houses and all things girly.
You then go into the Geology Room. The Geology room houses a huge number of fossils and minerals which originate from the surrounding area. Again, this was quite interesting and it was great to see all the fantastic colours and shapes.
This was the end of our visit and we spent around 2 hours here. We could have spent quite a bit longer here but the kids were beginning to get restless and ask for lunch! There is a small gift shop at the entrance which stocks a few bits and bobs which are reasonably priced.
We enjoyed our morning at the museum and would probably visit again as it is a brilliant way to spend a few hours. There was plenty to look at and there was something for everyone. We only saw one member of staff but she was extremely polite and helpful and took a keen interest in all of us.
One of the best things about the museum was the bargain price to get in! All tickets are valid for a calendar year too so you can visit as many times as you like! The prices are as follows:
The museum is open throughout the year. From October to Easter they are open 11am-4pm and from Easter to October they are open 11am-5pm (4pm on Sundays).
The contact details for the museum are as follows:
Wells and Mendip Museum
8 Cathedral Green
Telephone: 01749 673477
Overall, we really enjoyed our morning here and think it was fab value for money. You couldn't spend all day here and it isn't the most exciting of attractions but it is worth a visit if you're in the area.