The Museum is an independent charity and plans for earned income (from ticket sales, the shop and café, and venue hire) to cover our core costs, but our ability to do more depends on the generous help of donors and grantmakers.

  • More special exhibitions, revealing the best of Dorset’s collections and bringing important items from national and international museums to a local audience
  • More learning opportunities for children and young people
  • More specialised conservation work to stop degradation of important objects and works of art
  • More workshops for community groups, such as those designed to help people with mental health issues through interaction with objects, music and art.

A donation, however large or small, one-off or recurring, helps us do even more.

You can make a donation online now or, if you would like to discuss it with us first, please email [email protected].

  • Opening hours:

    Dorset Museum & Art Gallery
    Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm

    TASTE Café
    Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

  • Admissions:

    10% discount for Adult and Young Person Unlimited Ticket booked online using discount code DM01

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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  • For more information
    [email protected]

Thank you for supporting the Museum

We are grateful for every donation and grant, however large or small.

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Ways to Donate

One-off donations

If you’d like to make a single donation now to help the museum do more, please use our online donations link or email us at [email protected]

Recurring donations

Regular, recurring gifts help us plan ahead. Click ‘read more’ below to find out the difference these gifts can make, or set up a donation plan online now

Regular, recurring donations give us certainty to plan.

Examples of what a regular gift can do:

£5 per month buys materials for half a term of primary school art sessions

£20 per month means we could book a specialist to lead hands-on activities in fine art, literature, archaeology or geology to inspire senior school pupils

£30 per month enables us to offer a series of workshops for people with mental health issues

£50 per month buys specialist conservation expertise

£100 per month allows us to arrange major loans from other museums for special exhibitions

Gift Aid

Gift Aid enables charities like the Museum to claim back from HMRC tax paid by the donor. It can add 25% to the value of your donation, at no additional cost to you.

By agreeing to us claiming Gift Aid on your donation, you will enhance your donation by 25% at no additional cost to yourself. For example:

A gift of £10 becomes £12.50 to the Museum

A gift of £100 becomes £125 to the Museum

A gift of £1,000 becomes £1,250 to the Museum

You will be asked to agree to a Gift Aid declaration, confirming that you pay tax on income at least equivalent to your gift. The Museum then manages the claim – you don’t have to do a thing! But, if you are a higher or additional rate taxpayer, you will be able to claim back the difference between your nominal rate and the basic rate on your donation through your tax return.

Current Appeal News


November 2, 2023

Stalbridge Middle Bronze Age Hoard Appeal

UPDATE: We’re delighted that we have now reached our funding target for this item. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this appeal. There…

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November 2, 2023

Charlton Marshall Gold Stater Hoard Appeal

Dorset Museum & Art Gallery is hoping to acquire a group of 40 gold stater coins found at Charlton Marshall, dating to the 2nd century…

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November 2, 2023

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within | Fundraising Appeal

Dorset Museum & Art Gallery are seeking donations to help raise a shortfall in exhibition costs for the forthcoming major exhibition Elisabeth Frink: A View…

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November 3, 2022

The Milton Abbas Pendant

The Museum has the opportunity to acquire this complete gold and rock crystal pendant dating to the 6th or 7th century CE. The Milton…

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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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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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