Become a member of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society today and get a deeper insight into 250 million years of Dorset’s history, while you help protect its rich heritage for future generations.

As a member, you will enjoy a range of special benefits, including access to our extensive reference lending library, together with unlimited free entry to the Museum and our exhibitions. You will also be helping us conserve and preserve/care for the Museum’s collections – and provide education and learning to schools, universities and the wider community.

Choose Your Membership


Single£52| One year’s full membership.
Joint£63| One year’s full membership for two adults.
Family£74| One year’s full membership for up to two adults and three children under the age of 18.
Student£31| One year’s full membership for those in full-time education over the age of 18.
Life£1,000| Unlimited lifetime membership for an individual
Organisation [UK]£65 | For companies, institutions, universities, libraries, galleries, societies, groups.
Organisation [Overseas]£80 | For companies, institutions, universities, libraries, galleries, societies, groups.
Gift£52| A unique and thoughtful present that grants a whole year of benefits.

Payment Terms: We offer a choice of annual or monthly Direct Debit payments.


Members enjoy special benefits all year round.

This new package includes special and exclusive benefits:


  • Free unlimited entry to the Museum and all exhibitions.
  • Six complimentary one-day admission tickets for friends and family.
  • A copy of the Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, a highly respected journal containing wide-ranging and authoritative articles on Dorset’s archaeology, history, and natural environment.
  • Members’ discounts on DNHAS Monographs.
  • The right to borrow and reserve selected items from Dorset Museum‘s library including over 40,000 publications of local interest, as well as exclusive access to JSTOR’s online archive in the library.
  • Monthly bulletins notifying you of events, exhibitions, and activities hosted by the DNHAS or our partner museums.
  • Two glossy magazines a year, keeping you informed of interesting work happening across Dorset to explore, preserve and learn about its rich heritage and history.
  • Special invitations to exclusive Member events and activities.
  • Priority access and discounts to selected events.
  • 10% discount in the Museum’s shop and café.
  • A new-style membership card.
  •  Free entry to our partner museums as part of the Wessex Museums Partnership initiative:
    – Salisbury Museum.
    – Wiltshire Museum in Devizes.
    – Poole Museum including a 10% discount in their café and a 15% discount in their shop.
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The Victorian Hall will be hosting a private event on Friday 10th June 2022, all day and Saturday 11th June 2022, 12 noon to 5:00 pm, and therefore will be closed to visitors.

About the Society

Dorset Museum is owned and cared for by members of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society (DNHAS), Dorset’s first conservation organisation.

It was established to collect, preserve research and exhibit objects relating to the archaeology, natural history, art, literature and culture of Dorset. It is dedicated to preserving Dorset’s rich heritage for future generations.

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14 March to 12 June 2022

A Virus a Day Textile Art by Antje Rook

Antje Rook created the A Virus a Day quilt created in response to Covid-19. The Portland artist embroidered one virus for every day of the first 2020 UK lockdown while she was isolating with her partner.

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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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Family Activity

31 May 2022, 10:00am - 12noon

Half Term ArtyFacts

Model theatre-making based on Hardy's novels and the model by Thomas Tilley for the Hardy Players in the Hardy's Dorset Gallery.

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Family Activity

2 June 2022, 10:00am - 12noon

Half Term ArtyFacts

Create your own wooden Victorian decoupage box using Victorian images and decoration in association with the Thomas Hardy exhibition and the Hardy's Dorset gallery. Younger children will be able to create simple Victorian collages.

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11 June 2022, 10:30am - 12:00noon

Roman Town House Tours

A guided tour of one of the best examples of a Roman Town House in England.

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17 June - 11 July 2022, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Hardy’s Wessex: Drawing on the ancient past

This six-week course led by artist Helen Garrett will take you on a creative journey through Thomas Hardy’s work, inspirations and Dorset Museum’s collections.

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18 June 2022, 11:30am - 4:00pm

Dorset Button making day

Join Dorset button maker and artist Anna McDowell to explore the history of Dorset button-making and take part in a workshop to make your own buttons.

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Family Activity

19 June 2022, 10:30am – 12:30pm

Sunday ArtyFacts

Create colourful wax resist and collaged patchwork patterns and shapes inspired by Valentine Ackland's jacket from our Dorset Artists gallery. Make your own cards and bookmarks with colourful designs to take home.

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22 June 2022, 7:30pm

Connaught Brass

Connaught Brass are quickly making a name for themselves as a fresh talent in the chamber music world

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