Welcome

 

Welcome to Dorset Museum, a place to connect with
250 million years of Dorset’s history.

We invite people from everywhere to discover and enjoy the richness of our county’s natural, historical and cultural heritage through our world-class collections.

We believe everybody will find something here to interest, fascinate or inspire them. We hope it will ignite you with an appreciation of our county and a desire to explore it.

About the Museum

Dorset Museum is cared for by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, an educational charity and custodians of four million objects in the Museum’s collection.


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  • Opening hours:

    Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
    Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Admissions:

    Annual Pass or Day Entry available

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  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Exhibitions

Community Exhibition

3 October 2022 - 8 February 2023

Unmasked

Unmasked is a local, voluntary project that began in the dark days of March 2020, when a new disease called COVID-19 literally stopped the world as we knew it.

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Special Exhibition

3 December 2022 - 26 February 2023

I Grew Up 80s

This winter visitors to Dorset Museum are invited to take a trip back in time with the nostalgia-filled exhibition I Grew Up 80s.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

3 December 2022, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Make your own 1980s style glasses and guitars, inspired by our I Grew Up 80s exhibition.

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Family Activity

3 December, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

I Grew Up 80s | Opening Disco

Travel back in time and celebrate the opening of our new exhibition- I Grew up 80s with a family-themed disco and family craft activities.

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Christmas Cracker

11 December 2022, 11:00am to 4:00pm

Meet the Superheros

Once again by popular demand, everyone’s favourite Science Fiction and Fantasy Movie and TV characters will be back at the Museum.

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Tours

12 December 2022, 10:30am - 11:30am

Collections Discovery Centre Tour

Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

20 December 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm

Christmas ArtyFacts

Create your own Victorian Christmas inspired crafts and cards.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

22 December 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm

Christmas ArtyFacts

Make Victorian decoupage gift boxes, tags and tree decorations for your friends and family.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

27 December 2022, 10:00am-12:00pm

Christmas ArtyFacts

Create your own Victorian Christmas inspired crafts and cards.

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Galleries

Venue Hire

Victorian-Hall-Wedding

Dorset Museum is the perfect venue to hold any corporate or private events. Offering exclusive hire the wonderful spaces and facilities we can create the perfect setting tailored directly to your needs.

The committed bookings and events team are highly experienced in managing and holding a variety of events, from small conferences to evening parties, and are available to assist with any queries you may have.

News

November 29, 2022

Dorset Museum named finalist in four Dorset Tourism Awards

Dorset Museum has been named a finalist in four Dorset Tourism Award categories.   After their Silver Award in the 2021/22 Dorset Tourism…

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News

November 2, 2022

Kids Go Free Every Weekend

Dorset Museum is offering free children’s entry every weekend this Winter! Dorset Museum is allowing visitors to explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history with…

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News

November 1, 2022

Dorset Museum’s exhibition celebrating the popular culture of the 1980s opens this December

Visitors can explore a time capsule of over 200 objects on display. Visitors to the Dorset Museum in the county town of Dorchester are invited…

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Literature

September 28, 2022

Bridport Prize Black Writer Residency: Grace Peters Clarke

When I applied for the Bridport Prize Black Writer Residency, I was excited about the prospect of spending an entire week in the countryside, with…

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News

September 10, 2022

Book of Remembrance

Dorset Museum is deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 96. Our thoughts…

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Appeal

August 9, 2022

Campaign to unlock Thomas Hardy archive

Dorset Archives Trust is leading a fundraising effort to permanently unlock the internationally significant, UNESCO-listed archive of author Thomas Hardy, gifted to Dorset Museum in…

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News

June 22, 2022

Home of Hillforts and Henges

Home of Hillforts and Henges is an exciting new event from 21st to 31st July that will celebrate Dorchester’s neolithic and iron age landscape,…

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Community

June 17, 2022

Community Quilt Making Project

We are currently undertaking a community quilt project in relation to Antje Rook’s “A virus a day” quilt which was on display in the community…

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News

May 27, 2022

Hardy’s Wessex Exhibition opens on Dorset Museum’s one year anniversary.

Dorset Museum’s new exhibition, Hardy’s Wessex: The Landscapes that Inspired a Writer, opened last night at a VIP and Members preview evening. The exhibition opens to the…

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