The Alexander Keiller Museum

17th century tithe barn

The museum was opened in 1938 by Alexander Keiller and is now divided into two separate galleries; the Stables Gallery which has a wonderful display of the archaeological finds from the area and the Barn Gallery which has interactive displays and a children's area.

The Barn Gallery

Step inside our 17th-century threshing barn, now the Barn Gallery of the Alexander Keiller Museum. Here, interactive displays and activities for children bring the archaeology and landscape of Avebury to life.
 

Interactive displays

The Barn Gallery uses interactive displays to show Avebury in the wider landscape and in time, helping to put the whole of the World Heritage Site Landscape into perspective.
 

Activity area

Our activity area for children is designed to bring prehistory to life: dress up in Bronze Age clothes or make an archaeological rubbing.  There's a quiet area so that children can take some time out from running around the stones and enjoying some fun games and colouring in.

 

See finds from digs across the World Heritage Site in the Stables Gallery
The stables gallery of the museum at Avebury, Wiltshire

The Stables Gallery

In re-erecting many of the stones, Alexander Keiller uncovered the true wonder of one of the most important megalithic monuments in Europe. His fascinating finds are on display in the Stables Gallery of the Alexander Keiller Museum and include the following and much more:
 

Animals from Windmill Hill

Animal skeletons on display in the Stables Gallery are around 5,500 years old. One dog skeleton shows the early bond between dogs and humans.
 

Flint tools used 4,000 years ago

People used flint as their main source of making knives, scrapers, drill and arrowheads, we have a lovely display of early Prehistoric flint tools here.
 

Pottery

The Neolithic was when people first started using pottery to store and cook their food in, some of the earliest pottery can be seen here.