Membership

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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Important Notice

On 10 February 2023
Artist Dorset Gallery
will be closed all-day


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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Community Exhibition

3 October 2022 - 8 February 2023

Unmasked

Unmasked is a local, voluntary project that began in the dark days of March 2020, when a new disease called COVID-19 literally stopped the world as we knew it.

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Special Exhibition

3 December 2022 - 26 February 2023

I Grew Up 80s

This winter visitors to Dorset Museum are invited to take a trip back in time with the nostalgia-filled exhibition I Grew Up 80s.

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Workshop

3 February 2023 - 10 March 2023, 10am -12.45pm

Drawing Into Life – 6 Week Creative Course with Helen Garrett

Winter can be a deeply creative time. We notice luminous landscapes, animals scuttling into their shelters or out searching for food, tempestuous weather patterns, colours, and endless changing skies.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

5 February 2023, 10:30am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Create your own weaving crafts inspired by our I Grew Up 80s exhibition.

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Tours

7 February 2023, 11:00am - 12:00pm

Archaeology Highlights Tour

Explore archaeological treasures held by Dorset Museum – from Bronze Age gold to medieval silver -  in this volunteer-led tour.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

14 February 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Use modelling clay, plasticine, and play dough to create your own 1980s inspired creatures.

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Tours

14 February 2023, 11:00am - 12:00noon

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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After-hours relaxed opening

14 February 2023, 4:30pm - 6:00pm

FREE | After hours relaxed opening

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.

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ArtyFacts Workshop

16 February 2023, 10:00am-12:00pm

I Grew Up 80s ArtyFacts

Use modelling clay, plasticine, and play dough to create your own 1980s inspired creatures.

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