Alexander Keiller Museum
The Alexander Keiller Museum is a small museum comprising two buildings in the historic village of Avebury and found just outside the Avebury Stone Circle. The museum is run by English Heritage and the National Trust and we advise you check the English Heritage website for opening times and entry prices. Your ticket will cover both buildings: The Barn Gallery which belongs to the National Trust and is dedicated to Avebury itself and the Stables Gallery which is home to the archaeological collection of Alexander Keiller.
The Barn Gallery
The Barn Gallery is a museum piece itself. It’s a timber framed tithe barn with a thatched roof and two midstreys. Inside the barn, the stories of Avebury Village, the Avebury Circle and the people who lived there are brought to life.
The Stables Gallery
The Stables Gallery houses the incredible archaeological collection put together by Alexander Keiller. Keiller was a Scottish born archaeologist who used his family money to buy the land around Avebury. He used the site for excavations, re-erected stones on the site and created the museum. Keiller worked on the Avebury site from 1937 until 1943 when he sold the site to the National Trust for a mere £12.00 - which was the value of the site as farmland rather than an archaeological site of significance. He also donated the museum and its collection to the nation.
Avebury, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a great day out and there is plenty to see other than the museum itself. Make sure you take some time to look around the Avebury Stone Circle and visit Avebury Manor while you are there.
Where to Stay
If you are looking for modern hotel accommodation in the area, the Holiday Inn Salisbury – Stonehenge is a great option. Located just 22 miles south of Avebury itself and a stone’s throw from Stonehenge, the hotel has superb accommodation with all the amenities you could wish for. The Solstice Bar & Grill has a fantastic menu featuring seasonal and regional food and an extensive wine list.
- National Trust Abby George