The Critter Clan presents Plagues, Pests & Parasites! 🕷️

12 March 2023

Corn Exchange, High West Street, Dorchester, DT1 1HF

Imagine watching “Horrible Histories” but with some of nature’s weirdest creatures and discovering their impact on us as humans, be it useful or indeed a little bit gruesome!

Being held at Dorchester’s Town Hall in the Corn Exchange (DT1 1HF) visitors will be able to get up close and personal with some amazing creatures from all over the world. Including medical marvels, perilous pests, and infesting parasites normally reserved for TV programmes.

Dare you join us as we bring nature alive in these amazingly fun, educational, and interactive sessions.

There are 5 x half-hour sessions available – tickets are limited so be sure to grab yours by clicking the “book now” button!


Important Announcement

Friday 22 September 2023, The Victorian Hall will also be closed all day for a private function. The Fine Foundation Dorset Story Space, next the the Thomas Hardy's Dorset Gallery will also be closed for an hour around Midday.

Corn Exchange
High West Street
Dorchester DT1 1HF


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


A small, family-fun business that focuses on fun, educational experiences for all age groups!  Our teaching methods have been specially designed with holistic learning as a core ethos, we embrace the inert curiosity humans possess and through our fun, interactive visits, you will explore the wonderful world of creatures from around the world and come to discover more about them.

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Community Exhibition

21 July - 29 October 2023

Nature Heals | Photography by Trevor Parsons

Dorset Museum and Dorchester Arts co-present Nature Heals, an exhibition of nature photography by Trevor Parsons.

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Special Exhibition

21 July - 29 October 2023

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum, is coming to Dorset Museum this summer.

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Special Display

4 August – 28 September 2023

The Askerswell Hoard

Discover a rare Roman coin hoard recently acquired by Dorset Museum, and find out about the work going on to preserve, research and catalogue it, in this special showcase display outside the Collections Discovery Centre.

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6 October 2023, 10:00am -1:00pm, 

Creative Journeys Through Time | 6 week art workshop with Helen Garrett

Designed for adults interested in art, prehistory and archaeology, and running as a six-week block, this course is an exciting opportunity to get up close with some extraordinary artefacts in the collection at Dorset Museum.

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Adult Workshop

9 October 2023, 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Life Drawing at Dorset Museum – Eight-week course led by James Meiklejohn

This eight-week structured course is suitable for complete beginners to those with some experience.

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10 October 2023, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Wildlife friendly gardening | Mitch Perkins

Would you like to make your garden more wildlife friendly?  Join Mitch Perkins to find out how.

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Museum after hours

19 October 2023, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

FREE | Museum After Hours

Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this FREE late opening.

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19 October 2023, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Real Dorset | Jon Woolcott

In this lecture, let Jon Woolcott take you on an amusing whistle-stop tour through some of the discoveries and oddities that make Dorset unique.

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25 October 2023, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

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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