Weston-super-Mare has a couple of really good museums, and a good selection of galleries for visitors to browse.
The Weston-super-Mare Museum
Weston has an interesting wealth of historical stories which are told in the Weston-Super-Mare Museum located on Burlington Street. In addition to informing the visitor of the area’s natural history and archaeology, it also includes a mock-up of a typical 1900s home, a Victorian chemist shop and dentist, wedding and other costumes, the history of holidays by the sea, life during the Second World War, a cafe and more, all located in the building that once housed the gas works. Fascinating for the entire family.
The Helicopter Museum
And many of Weston’s visitors, young and old, have been entranced by the world’s largest museum dedicated to helicopters! Situated only three miles from the sea front, just off the A370 or A371, this museum houses a fantastic and extensive collection of crafts and has a flight simulator, ex-Queen’s Royal Flight aircraft, helicopters that have broken world speed record, and even veteran helicopters from the Vietnam War. First open to the public in 1978, the museum has been building up its collection ever since and is a firm favourite with many visitors and enthusiasts, with the site also including free parking, a cafe and a gift shop.
Art Sellers and Galleries
Of course, throughout the town and surrounding area you’re sure to encounter a large number of small art studios happy to allow browsing and buying. Not to mention the sometimes glorious and inspirational public art such as "And My Eyes Danced" positioned by the beach in a small boating lake, and much more public art too. There are also plenty of larger, more official venues to consider visiting if you’re an art enthusiast.
Weston Arts Gallery is all about contemporary arts and media, and their stated mission is to encourage differing artistic resources in the same location. Exhibitions are held and though this isn’t a public art gallery as such, many of their projects, particularly their local history video work, can be paralleled to the work of a public gallery.
Other local art studios and galleries include the Jane Cartney Studio to the back of Regent Street which showcases painting and sculpture by appointment only. Or try the Lloyd Gill Gallery on Beaconsfield Road, which attracts visitors from all over the local area, and further afield in Europe. Specialising in contemporary fine art, and situated in a Victorian house which still retains many of its features, this gallery is a joy to visit.