Plan Your Visit

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

We pride ourselves on the quality of our customer service and our commitment to offering access to all.

Given the richness of our collection, the size of the Museum, and the quality of the visitor experience we offer, our admission prices represent great value for money.

Pay once and visit for a whole year FREE of charge.

Dorset Museum offers an Unlimited Ticket valid for a whole year from the date of purchase. The Ticket is great value, allowing for repeat visits throughout the year to view our permanent galleries and special exhibitions, as well as free entry to a selection of daytime events including talks, tours and family activities.

🎫 Dorset Museum Unlimited Ticket

Book online in advance and save 10%. Just use code DM01 when checking out.

TypeOnlineOn the door
Adult 26+£12.60£14
Young Person 16-25£9.90£11
Child 0-15FREEFREE



You can help support the Museum even more – at no extra cost!

Dorset Museum is a charity and receives no public funding. We rely on the generosity of our Members and visitors to maintain our collections and continue our programme of exhibitions.

If you are a UK taxpayer we can claim Gift Aid on your admission, worth more than £3.50 extra from the Government on top of every adult ticket sold, at no additional cost to you.

This means as well as having a great day out you will also be supporting the important work of the Museum.

How Gift Aid Works

The government’s Gift Aid scheme allows us to reclaim 25p for every £1 of your Unlimited Ticket.  All we need is your consent – no extra payments! We will ask you to make a simple declaration at the time of purchase.

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Museum Map

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

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Visual Story

Download our visual story with pictures of the Museum and information about what to expect.

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

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Discounts and Offers

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.

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By Train

Dorchester has two railway stations, both of which are less than 12 minutes’ walk from Dorset Museum.There is no step-free platform access at either Dorchester station. Find more information on using these stations, including accessibility, on their websites.

Dorchester South


Dorchester West

By Bus

These buses stop outside the Museum entrance. Services can change, so please check with the bus companies before travelling. All First Wessex Dorset buses have disabled access with a ramp or hydraulic system to lower the bus to the kerb level

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Community Exhibition

21 July - 29 October 2023

Nature Heals | Photography by Trevor Parsons

Dorset Museum and Dorchester Arts co-present Nature Heals, an exhibition of nature photography by Trevor Parsons.

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Special Exhibition

21 July - 29 October 2023

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the world-famous exhibition from the Natural History Museum, is coming to Dorset Museum this summer.

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6 October 2023, 10:00am -1:00pm, 

Creative Journeys Through Time | 6 week art workshop with Helen Garrett

Designed for adults interested in art, prehistory and archaeology, and running as a six-week block, this course is an exciting opportunity to get up close with some extraordinary artefacts in the collection at Dorset Museum.

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Adult Workshop

9 October 2023, 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Life Drawing at Dorset Museum – Eight-week course led by James Meiklejohn

This eight-week structured course is suitable for complete beginners to those with some experience.

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10 October 2023, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Wildlife friendly gardening | Mitch Perkins

Would you like to make your garden more wildlife friendly?  Join Mitch Perkins to find out how.

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Museum after hours

19 October 2023, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

FREE | Museum After Hours

Join us for an opportunity to explore the Museum at this FREE late opening.

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19 October 2023, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Real Dorset | Jon Woolcott

In this lecture, let Jon Woolcott take you on an amusing whistle-stop tour through some of the discoveries and oddities that make Dorset unique.

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25 October 2023, 2:00pm - 2:45pm

Collections Discovery Centre Tour

Join our Collections Team for an opportunity to explore behind the scenes in the Museum’s Collections Discovery Centre.

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Halloween Event

27 October 2023 5:00pm-9:00pm

Museums After Dark 2023

Discover three incredible Dorchester museums on one unforgettable night.

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

Food and Drink

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