Museum after hours

Relaxed Family Opening

31 August 2022, 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Visitors can explore Dorset Museum during this relaxed opening for children with neurodiverse conditions and other sensory processing difficulties. Explore the exhibition and galleries with sound levels at a minimum and screens turned off. There will also be light-touch activities in the Learning Centre.

Best for children aged five to 15. Siblings are welcome. It is essential that all visitors book a ticket prior to arrival as places will be limited.

Tickets: £10 per family. Max 10 families.

  • Opening hours:

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

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    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Special Exhibition

28 May – 30 October 2022

Take a fresh look at the Victorian novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy, in the stunning Wessex landscapes that shaped his view of the world. His story will be retold in exciting new ways by our museum collections, from period costumes to personal letters, art to archaeology.

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Community Exhibition

20 June – 16 September 2022

Plastics are not Fantastic

In this exhibition students from Weymouth College express their thoughts about the environment through posters, pledges and artwork.

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Tours

16 August 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am

Dorset Museum Highlights Tour

Explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history in this volunteer-led highlights tour of Dorset Museum. Discover Roman mosaics, fossils from the Jurassic Coast, Thomas Hardy manuscripts and the sculptures of Elisabeth Frink – and plenty more along the way.

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Family Activity

16 August 2022, 10:00am - 12noon

Summer ArtyFacts

Inspired by Dorset Museum’s collection and Special Exhibitions, our volunteer-led craft activities are fun and creative. 

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Family Activity

18 August 2022, 10:00am - 12noon

Summer ArtyFacts

Inspired by Dorset Museum’s collection and Special Exhibitions, our volunteer-led craft activities are fun and creative. 

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Tours

23 August 2022, 10:00am - 11:00am

Dorset Museum Highlights Tour

Explore 250 million years of Dorset’s history in this volunteer-led highlights tour of Dorset Museum. Discover Roman mosaics, fossils from the Jurassic Coast, Thomas Hardy manuscripts and the sculptures of Elisabeth Frink – and plenty more along the way.

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Family Activity

23 August 2022, 10:00am - 12noon

Summer ArtyFacts

Victorian cameo silhouettes and gilt frames. Create your own Victorian silhouette and Victorian-style frame, inspired by the Thomas Hardy exhibition, the Hardy gallery and portraits in the Dorset Artists gallery.

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Family Activity

25 August 2022, 10:00am - 12noon

Summer ArtyFacts

Victorian cameo silhouettes with gilt frames. Create your own Victorian silhouette portrait and Victorian style frame inspired by the Thomas Hardy exhibition, the Hardy gallery and portraits in the Dorset Artists gallery.

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Book Signing

25 August 2022, 3:00pm - 4:30pm

An Afternoon with Elizabeth Lowry

Spend the afternoon with Elizabeth Lowry for a book signing and reading of her highly praised novel 'The Chosen'. The novel was inspired by Thomas Hardy and his marriage to Emma Gifford.

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