Read the latest news stories about the Dorset Museum.

The last 3 years have been busy redeveloping the new Museum into a world-class heritage attraction.

Come with us on this journey and we’ll share our news with you from exhibitions, acquisitions, awards, and everyday Museum life here in Dorset.

Wedding Victorian Hall


November 9, 2021

Dorset’s newest and most exclusive wedding venue!

Dorset Museum is proud to have hosted its first wedding for local residents Mike and Rachel. Having recently been granted a licence for Civil Marriages…

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Hardy’s Wessex


November 2, 2021

Become part of Thomas Hardy’s story

Thomas Hardy was one of the greatest English writers of the Victorian era – here’s your chance to become part of his story. Wessex Museums…

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Elmer and Friends

Exhibitions and Events

October 13, 2021

Elmer and Friends march into Dorset Museum for Trium-phant Exhibition

Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee, the first-ever major retrospective of David McKee’s striking illustration will be on display at Dorset Museum…

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Jon Murden


September 13, 2021

Museum Director takes up new role!

Dr Jon Murden, Executive Director of Dorset Museum, will be leaving the Museum after 12 years to take on a new role as the chief…

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Child examines ancient pot


July 6, 2021

Dorset Museum shortlisted for national Family Friendly Museum Award

It’s been announced that Dorset Museum has been shortlisted for a Kids in Museums Family Friendly Award, 2021. The charity ‘Kids in Museums’ has…

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June 10, 2021

Open evening for schools

It gives us great pleasure to invite school staff to our hugely transformed Dorset Museum on Thursday 15th July between 17.30 – 19.30 for FREE.

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Dorset Museum Opening


May 28, 2021

Dorset Museum is OPEN!

The long-awaited opening of the Dorset Museum is here, after the £16.4 million redevelopment that started in October 2018. We are open!! Dr Jon Murden…

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January 28, 2021

Roman Mosaic Saved for the Nation!

A Roman mosaic of international importance has been saved for the Nation! Dorset Museum has been successful in its appeal to raise £150,000 to save…

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Fordington Mosaic Conservation


December 2, 2020

Conservators re-install Mosaic in Museum

Over a year after it was lifted to begin construction for the £16 million re-development of Dorset Museum, this 2nd-century Roman mosaic has been reinstalled in…

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