Special Exhibition

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

21 July - 29 October 2023

Running Giraffe © Jose Fragozo, Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The disappearing giraffe © Jose Fragozo, 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.

Over 100 powerful photographs capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species, and the breathtaking beauty of our planet. The images shine a light on stories and species from around the world and show the impact of human activity on the planet, in ways that words cannot.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases some of the best photography talent from around the world for over 55 years. Launching in 1965, today the competition receives entries from over 90 countries encouraging curiosity, connection, and wonder.

Winning images are selected for their creativity, originality, and technical excellence by a panel of international experts.

Important Announcement

On Friday 2nd June 2023 the cafe TASTE at Dorset Museum cafe will be closed from 2pm
for a private function.

  • Opening hours:

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

  • Admissions:

    10% discount for Annual Pass or Day Entry booked online using discount code DM01

    Book now
  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.

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Image: Polar Frame © Dmitry Kokh, Wildlife Photographer of the Year


21 September 2023, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The return of beavers to Dorset | Steve Oliver

History was made in February 2021 when Dorset Wildlife Trust released a pair of Eurasian beavers - Castor fiber - into an enclosed site as part of a scientific study to assess the impact beavers have on their environment.

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