Welcome to Athelstan Museum

Town Hall

Athelstan Museum tells the history of Malmesbury, an attractive hill top town built to a Saxon road plan on the site of a 2,800 year old Iron Age hill fort and the area of North Wiltshire that surrounds it. Malmesbury, which lies on the edge of the Cotswolds, is a great place for a family day out and Athelstan Museum, with its collection of artefacts and explanation of local history is the place to start.

We run a series of short term exhibitions so our displays are always changing; recently, for instance, we were showing J M W Turner’s drawings and paintings of Malmesbury. There are lots of interactive things for the children and our volunteers are always ready to explain and elaborate on our exhibits.

Malmesbury Lace is famous, as is the Abbey and there are a number of interesting old Malmesburians:- King Athelstan, first king of all England; Eilmer the flying monk over 1000 years ago; Thomas Hobbes, the renowned philosopher; Walter Powell M.P. who vanished at sea in a hot air balloon.

Come and meet them, come and meet us and we can promise you will enjoy the museum and our town.