Families

From superb stories to terrific trails, there’s so much for families to enjoy at Dorset Museum.

Find out how to get involved now, and what’s coming up when we open.

Our new John White Learning Centre is the ideal place for all kinds of messy craft activities. The fun spills out into the galleries too, with tours, trails, object handling and special booked events. We want to make sure you have everything you need for a fun and friendly visit.

The information below will help you plan ahead.

Ooser Craft

  • Opening hours:

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

  • Admissions:

    Annual Pass or Day Entry available

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    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Useful Information

Getting here

Accessibility

Coming Up at the Museum

An exciting programme of family activities means there’s always something new to do at Dorset Museum. Look out for special events all year round, including fun for under-fives – a great way for grown-ups to enjoy the collections while keeping little explorers engaged. And our fascinating themed activities for school holidays will bring Dorset’s stories alive for everyone.

Activities

Making Family Visits Accessible

Everyone is welcome at Dorset Museum. Our Welcome Team is here to offer support and resources and help you make the most of your visit. Find them at the Welcome Desk on the Ground Floor.

Disabled Toilets
Changing Spaces Toilets

Facilities

Calm Space

If your family needs some quiet time, just ask at the Welcome Desk about using our Calm Space on the Second Floor.

Baby Care

Baby changing facilities are on the Ground Floor. Breastfeeding is welcome in the museum. If you’d like to use our Calm Space, just ask at the Welcome Desk.

Toilets

Accessible toilets are on the Ground, First and Second Floors. There’s a Changing Places Toilet on the Ground Floor.

Bags and Buggies

You are welcome to take buggies around the Museum. There is also a small buggy park behind the Welcome area, along with lockers. We cannot take any responsibility for the security of items left with us.

Hungry or Thirsty?

Our café has a great selection of fresh snacks, lunches and drinks for all ages. High chairs are available and our team there can heat bottles for little ones too. To protect our collections, we don’t allow food or drink in the galleries.

Additional Resources

Exhibition

13 October 2021 - 9 January 2022

Elmer and Friends

Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee 13 October 2021 to 9 January 2022 An exhibition from Seven Stories: The National Centre for…

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Roman Town House

21 September 2021

Dementia Friends Sessions

21 September 2021 11.30am – 12.30pm Free Information Session. Join The Roman Town House Producer and Dementia Champion Megan Dunford to find…

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Roman Town House

22 September 2021

Drawing – Observation and intention

22 September 2021 1.30 pm to 3 pm. “To draw a line is to have an idea.” Richard Serra Join local artist…

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Theatre

FULLY BOOKED

The New Hardy Player’s The Mayor of Casterbridge

6 October 2021, 7 pm [FULLY BOOKED] The New Hardy Players bring their most ambitious production to date, combining live performance, film, and archive photography. …

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Black History Month

11 October 2021

Who was the Waddon Man?

11 October 2021, 2 pm For almost 400 years the skull of an unknown person was kept at Waddon Manor. Local folklore said that an…

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Talk

21 October 2021

Tracy Chevalier: The Importance of Place

21 October 2021, 7 pm Tracy Chevalier’s bestselling historical novels are set in various parts of the world: Holland, Ohio, California, southern France,…

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Dorset Museum Music Society

27 October 2021

Antonina Suhanova, Pianist

27 October 2021, 7.30 pm After her early training in Latvia, Antonina moved to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where she…

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Dorset Museum Music Society

17 November 2021

Barbican Quartet

17 November 2021, 7.30 pm Acclaimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times), the Barbican Quartet was formed at the Guildhall School…

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TASTE Café

Open daily 9.00am - 4.30pm | Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
Cafe

Hungry or Thirsty?

TASTE café at Dorset Museum has a great selection of fresh snacks, lunches, and drinks for all ages. High chairs are available and our team there can heat bottles for little ones too.

To protect our collections, we don’t allow food or drink in the galleries.

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Dorset Museum Toys

Gifts and Souvenirs

Remember your visit with a little something from our wonderful selection of pocket money goodies for all ages.