⚗️Family Science Day 🔭

12 March 2023

The Family Science Fair at the Dorset Museum is a free event, is aimed at children aged 4 plus, but with something for people of all ages to enjoy.

Come and meet a real scientist! Get involved with some fascinating hands-on learning and experiments. Lots of experts on hand to ask those tricky science questions and test your knowledge!

There will be a great range of activities, hosted by local scientists, allowing you to try all sorts of investigations – find out how physics plays a part in our everyday lives, explore the biodiversity of the natural world, and discover the invisible world of microbes!

You will have the opportunity to find out how robots, magnets, and gravity work, learn how to use wildlife tracking equipment, develop an understanding of how fossils are formed, and use virtual reality to check out how good you are at recognising faces in a crowd!

The experiments will be interactive, and there will be brilliant scientists on hand from all disciplines!

The day is being organised by Dorchester Town Council, Bournemouth University, The Thomas Hardye School, and the Dorset Museum, with sponsorship from the Royal Society of Biology, the Institute of Physics, and the European Union.


  • Opening hours:

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

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Dorchester Science Festival returns with an exciting 10-day programme of events to celebrate British Science Week. Activities will be hosted by a range of partner organisations.

More information – Facebook @DorchesterScienceFestival

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