Halloween Event

Museums After Dark 2023

27 October 2023 5:00pm-9:00pm

Discover three incredible museums on one unforgettable night.

From 5pm – 9pm on Friday 27th October, you can visit Dorset Museum, the Keep Military Museum and Shire Hall Museum with just one ticket!

Discover Dorchester’s fascinating history whilst exploring three of the best museums in the South West. Adult tickets are £10 and children (under 16s) go free!

Each museum will be hosting is own unique activity, especially for Museums After Dark!

  • Dorset Museum Ghostbusters 👻
    Enjoy an evening of gothic fun at Dorset Museum as characters come alive! Meet the Museum’s friendly ghosts and ghouls whilst discovering curious objects and spooky surprises!
  • Torchlight Tours at Shire Hall Museum 🎃
    Experience Shire Hall Museum in a whole new light! Come down and explore historic cells under the cover of darkness with Shire Hall’s torchlight tours, especially for Museums After Dark!
    More information shirehalldorset.org
  • Keep Military Museum Mannequins 🦇
    Tour the galleries of the Keep Military Museum after dark, when the Museum’s mannequins come to life! See if you can track down the runaway mannequins whilst exploring the Victorian Barracks building by night.
    More information – keepmilitarymuseum.org
  • Opening hours:

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

27 October 2023 5:00pm-9:00pm

Museums After Dark 2023

Discover three incredible Dorchester museums on one unforgettable night.

Find out more