Opening date set for £7m Museum of Somerset

British Museum staff member displays a handful of the coins The Frome Hoard will be one of the main highlights at the Museum of Somerset

The opening date for the Museum of Somerset has been set for 29 September, following a three-year, £7m redevelopment.

One of the main attractions will be the Frome Hoard, the second largest collection of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain.

Other exhibits will include a shrunken head from South America.

The newly opened museum in Taunton will have a learning centre, multi-purpose gallery and a new cafe.

The project was funded with £4.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £1.8m from Somerset County Council.

Other donors such as Viridor Environmental Credits, the Garfield Weston Foundation, Somerset Military Museum Trust and Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society also helped pay for the refurbishment.

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