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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    High West Street
    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

The Colourful World of David McKee An exhibition from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. 13 October 2021 to 9 January 2022…

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Exhibition

2 December 2021 – 6 March 2022

My Creative Life: Talking Heads

2 December 2021 – 6 March 2022 The heads on display are the expression of a creative process facilitated by Janna Edwards and the Dorset…

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Online Exhibition

Online

Wildlife in the Red

Online Exhibition: Wildlife in the Red The Wessex Museums partnership is pitching in against biodiversity loss. ‘Wildlife in the Red’ is the title of their…

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LGBT+ History Month Talk

12 February 2022

Quiet Revolutions

Work inspired by Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland 12 February 2022, 6.30pm Amanda Chambers  (Picture Credit Max McClure) Join us for this special LGBT+…

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Talk

20 January 2022

Tom Sharpe – Mary Anning, the fossil woman

20 January 2022, 7 pm Join Tom Sharpe, formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales, and author of ‘The…

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Talk

16 December 2021

Dr Clare Randall – ‘Anciently a manor’: the medieval manor at Lower Putton Lane, Chickerell

Excavations of the medieval manor at Lower Putton Lane, Chickerell 16 December 2021, 7 pm Join Dr Clare Randall to find out more about…

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Tours

16 December 2021

Archaeological Treasures of Dorset tour

16 December 2021 Discover ten significant archaeology objects from our People’s Dorset gallery on this volunteer-led tour. First Tour Time: 5 pm to 5.40…

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Museum after hours

16 December 2021

Museum after hours

16 December 2021, 5 pm, FREE Enjoy an opportunity to explore Dorset Museum after hours at this free late opening and an opportunity to explore…

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Workshop

December

Christmas Crafts

Sunday Craft Activity Feel the festive spirit and join in our winter and Christmas themed crafts in December.

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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.