Plan Your Visit

Visitors are central to all that we do at Dorset Museum.

The museum prides itself on the quality of our customer service and our commitment to offering access to all.

We believe that, given the richness of our collection, the size of the Museum and the quality of visitor experience we provide, our admission prices represent great value for money.

Annual Pass

Includes unlimited access to the Museum and Library. Our Annual Passes now include a copy of our Guidebook, with Family Annual Passes including copies of our Children’s Activity Trails.

TypePrice
Adult£20
Child*£10
Family - 1 adult + 3 children
£40
Family - 2 adults + 3 children£50
DNHAS MembersFREE

Day Entry

TypePrice
Adult*£12
Child**£6

* 13.50 with Donation/Gift Aid

**Children 5-16 years, under 5’s FREE

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Proof is required for all those listed below and for this reason free tickets can not be booked online.

  • Members of Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society for more details of rates and benefits of membership.

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  • Wessex Museums Partnership – The Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society and Poole Museum.
  • Museum Association Card, Art Fund Pass.

 

 

Important Notice

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

  • 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

    Book now
  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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You could help us even more – at no extra cost

As a charitable organisation, we rely on the generosity of our Annual Pass Holders, Members and visitors to maintain our collections and continue our programme of exhibitions.

How Gift Aid works

The government’s Gift Aid scheme allows us to reclaim 25p for every £1 of your Annual Pass.  All we need is your consent – no extra payments! Simply make your declaration to support the Museum even more!

For more information

Museum Map

You can also purchase a copy of our map which features in our Guidebook.

Discover

Visual Story

Click here to download our visual story with pictures of the Museum and information about what to expect.

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Getting here

By Car

The Museum has a set-down point, but no car park. The nearest car park of substantial size is the Top o’ Town, just beyond the roundabout at the top of High West Street. It has six accessible spaces in total. The museum is a five-minute walk (500 metres) along High West Street on an even tarmac surface. The route is slightly downhill and is a short, smooth walk to the Museum. There is one road to cross on the way, using a Zebra Crossing.

Parking in Dorchester
CarparkWalking timeSpacesAccessiblePostcode
Top o’ Town Long stay
5 mins 153 3DT1 1XT
Top o’ Town Short stay
5 mins603DT1 1XT
Acland Road10 mins26612DT1 1EE
Woolaston Field10 mins1554DT1 1EQ
Fairfield Long stay
12 mins4185DT1 1QW
Fairfield Short stay
12 mins1404DT1 1QW
Colliton Park5 mins541DT1 1XJ
Durngate Street5 mins480DT1 1NA
Old Market 10 mins605DT1 1EE
Trinity Street 8 mins2000DT1 1AG

For more information about these car parks.

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By Train

Dorchester South Station – 12 mins walk

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Dorchester West Station – 12 mins walk

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There is no step-free platform access at either Dorchester station.
Find more information on using these stations, including accessibility, on their websites.


By Bike

Dorchester is on two National Cycle Networks.

Route 2 links Dover in Kent with St Austell Cornwall

More information

Route 26 runs from Portishead on the Somerset coast to the Isle of Portland

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Secure cycle parking

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Parking Voucher Scheme

Any visitor parking in any of the Dorset Council Pay and Display car parks in Dorchester, will find the pay and display machine gives them a two-part ticket. Part one stays in the car, part two has the Dorchester BID either ‘Max £1 refund voucher’ or ‘Dorchester BID voucher’ printed on the lower part of the ticket.

This voucher can be redeemed against an Adult or Family full price entry ticket to the value of £1.

This cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.


By Bus

These buses stop outside the Museum entrance. Services can change, so please check with the bus companies before travelling. Their contact details are below.

NumberRouteCompany
1Dorchester > Poundbury > DorchesterDamory Coaches
2
Dorchester > Fordington > Manor Park > Dorchester Damory Coaches
5Dorchester > Broadmayne > Crossways > Preston > WeymouthDamory Coaches
6Dorchester South Station > Dorset County Hospital > Poundbury (Queen Mother Square)Dorset County Council
10 / 10A
Weymouth > Dorchester (passengers on 10 can exit at Trinity Street for the Museum, or go around Poundbury then exit at the Museum)First Wessex*
187
Bere Regis > Winterborne Kingston > BlandfordDamory Coaches
701Portland > Weymouth > Dorchester > Kingston MaurwardMorebus
X11Yeovil > Sherborne > Dorchester via Cerne Abbas > CharminsterSouth West Coaches
X12Weymouth > Dorchester > Puddletown > Blandford ForumDamory Coaches
X51Jurassic Coaster
Axminster > Lyme Regis > Charmouth > Bridport > Dorchester
First Wessex*

*All First Wessex Dorset buses have disabled access with a ramp or hydraulic system to lower the bus to kerb level

Bus Services

First Wessex
Tel: 0333 014 3490

South West Coaches
Tel: 01935 475872

Damory Coaches
Tel: 01202 338420

Dorset Council
Tel: 01305 224537

Morebus
Tel: 01202 338420

Public Transport info

Traveline
Tel: 0871 200 2233

Accessibility

Everyone is welcome at Dorset Museum. Our teams are here to offer support and resources, and help you make the most of your visit.

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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TASTE Café

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

Food and Drink

Our new café is welcoming and inviting with freshly prepared food from Taste*.