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.
Includes unlimited access to the Museum and Library
|Family - 1 adult + 3 children||£29|
|Family - 2 adults + 3 children||£42|
*Children 5-16 years, under 5’s FREEBook Tickets Now
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.
- Wessex Museums Partnership – The Salisbury Museum, Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Society and Poole Museum.
- Museum Association Card, Art Fund Pass.
One Day Entry
*Children 5-16 years, under 5’s FREEBook Tickets Now
Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Annual Pass or Day Entry availableBook now
Dorset MuseumHigh West Street
Dorchester DT1 1XA
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!More information
Please note that paper copies of the map are available at the Museum shop and also to download.
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
|Top o’ Town Long stay||5 mins||153||3||DT1 1XT|
|Top o’ Town Short stay||5 mins||60||3||DT1 1XT|
|Acland Road||10 mins||266||12||DT1 1EE|
|Woolaston Field||10 mins||155||4||DT1 1EQ|
|Fairfield Long stay||12 mins||418||5||DT1 1QW|
|Fairfield Short stay ||12 mins||140||4||DT1 1QW|
|Colliton Park||5 mins||54||1||DT1 1XJ|
|Durngate Street||5 mins||48||0||DT1 1NA|
|Old Market||10 mins||60||5||DT1 1EE|
|Trinity Street||8 mins||200||0||DT1 1AG|
For more information about these car parks.More information
Dorchester South Station – 12 mins walkMore information
Dorchester West Station – 12 mins walkMore information
There is no step-free platform access at either Dorchester station.
Find more information on using these stations, including accessibility, on their websites.
Dorchester is on two National Cycle Networks.
Route 2 links Dover in Kent with St Austell CornwallMore information
Route 26 runs from Portishead on the Somerset coast to the Isle of PortlandMore information
Secure cycle parkingMore information
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.
These buses stop outside the Museum entrance. Services can change, so please check with the bus companies before travelling. Their contact details are below.
|1||Dorchester > Poundbury > Dorchester||Damory Coaches|
|2||Dorchester > Fordington > Manor Park > Dorchester||Damory Coaches|
|5||Dorchester > Broadmayne > Crossways > Preston > Weymouth||Damory Coaches|
|6||Dorchester 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 > Blandford||Damory Coaches|
|701||Portland > Weymouth > Dorchester > Kingston Maurward||Morebus|
|X11||Yeovil > Sherborne > Dorchester via Cerne Abbas > Charminster||South West Coaches|
|X12||Weymouth > Dorchester > Puddletown > Blandford Forum||Damory Coaches|
|X51||Jurassic Coaster |
Axminster > Lyme Regis > Charmouth > Bridport > Dorchester
*All First Wessex Dorset buses have disabled access with a ramp or hydraulic system to lower the bus to kerb level
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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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