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

TypePrice
Adult£15
Child*£8
Family - 1 adult + 3 children
£29
Family - 2 adults + 3 children£42
DNHAS MembersFREE

*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.

 

 

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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

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We’re Good To Go

We have gained the Visit England ‘We’re Good To Go’ kitemark confirming we’re following national COVID 19 guidelines for managing visits to our site.

✔ Face masks must still be worn to keep you, our staff and our volunteers safe unless you are exempt!

✔ You must still check-in via the Track and Trace app.

✔ Sanitisation stations will still be in place and we encourage you to use them.

✔ Social distancing will remain.

✔ Regular cleaning of our interactive exhibits will still take place.

This guidance will stay in place until further notice.

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Museum Map

Please note that paper copies of the map are available at the Museum shop and also to download.

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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

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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

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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.

Exhibition

2 December 2021 – 6 March 2022

My Creative Life: Talking Heads

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Talk

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Tom Sharpe – Mary Anning, the fossil woman

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Talk

19 May 2022

Staging the world of Stonehenge

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Special Exhibitions

9 February to 1 May 2022

Scene through Wood

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Talk

28 April 2022

Reynolds Stone: Life and Work

A lecture by his son Humphrey Stone 28 April 2022, 7 pm To coincide with the exhibition Scene through Wood: A century of Modern Wood…

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Workshop

23 April 2022

Playful spring printing for adults workshop

23 April 2022, 10 am to 12.30 pm Join artist Helen Garrett for a fun morning of experimental printing from clay using natural forms as…

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Exhibition

22 January – 27 March 2022

Quiet Revolutions

Work inspired by Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland 22 January – 27 March 2022 Quiet Revolutions, a display of ceramic pieces inspired by…

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Workshop

26 March 2022

Introduction to wood engraving

26 March 2022, 10am to 4pm This one-day workshop is perfect for beginners looking to learn a new technique. You will be taught the principles…

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Talk

24 March 2022

Striking Gold (and Garnet)

Peggy Piggott at Sutton Hoo in 1939 24 March 2022, 7 pm The Netflix film The Dig has brought the extraordinary Sutton Hoo ship burial…

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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*.