Things to see

Amazing archaeology

Sweep through around 500,000 years of people’s history, from the Palaeolithic to the present day, on Dorset’s key themes of land, sea and community.

People's Dorset

Deadly dinosaurs

See 250 million years of natural history come alive as Natural Dorset reveals the secrets of the county’s geology, landscapes, habitats and wildlife.

Natural Dorset

Thomas Hardy

Discover the life and work of Dorset’s famous novelist and poet Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) and dive into key themes of his personal and professional life.

Inspiring Writers

Elisabeth Frink

Enjoy a beautiful gallery full of the Museum’s superb collections of paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, textiles, and fine and decorative art.

Dorset Artists


Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2024

19 July – 3 November 2024

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum, is returning to Dorset Museum & Art Gallery.


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John Brown in Dorchester: Rebuilding a Life after slavery

3 February – 30 June 2024

Discover the little-known story of John Brown, in this new showcase display outside the Collections Discovery Centre.

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