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

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Gift-Aid-It

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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    Daily: 10.00am - 5.00pm

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    Daily: 9.00am - 4.00pm
    Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm

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    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Discover

Community Exhibition

2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024

Awakened by Frink

Awakened by Frink is a community exhibition of artwork by members of the Deaf community created during a series of workshops at Dorset Museum and Art Gallery.

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Special Exhibition

2 December 2023 - 21 April 2024

Elisabeth Frink: A View from Within

Experience the inner world of famous sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) in a major new exhibition exploring her artistic and personal life in Dorset. Showcasing over 80  sculptures, drawings and prints, this exhibition will explore her artistic process, personal life, and the influences that shaped her work.

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Temporary Display

3 February - 30 May 2024

John Brown in Dorchester: Rebuilding a Life after slavery

Discover the little-known story of John Brown, in this new showcase display outside the Collections Discovery Centre.

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Storytelling

22 February 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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Storytelling

07 March 2024, 10:00am- 10:30am

Storytime at the Museum

Come and join us for fun-filled Storytime where you can listen to some amazing tales in our Community Space at the Museum.

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Talk

14 March 2024, 3pm - 4pm

Saving Treasure for Dorset: The Stalbridge and Charlton Marshall hoards

Join Dr Clare Randall for this afternoon talk, to find out more about two fascinating archaeological hoards that Dorset Museum & Art Gallery are currently raising funds to save for the county.

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Lecture

14 March 2024, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

The News on Ancient Sea Reptiles | Dr Darren Naish

In this talk, Darren looks at how our ideas on ancient sea reptiles have changed, what ancient sea reptiles were like as living animals, and on what we still hope to discover.

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Family Science Day

17 March 2024

The Critter Clan presents The Critter Chronicles: Exploring the enchanting myths and legends of bugs! 🕷️

The Critter Clan is back with its latest captivating and immersive experience “The Critter Chronicles” where you will travel through time unlocking the secrets, folklore and profound beliefs surrounding some fascinating invertebrates.

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Family Science Day

17 March 2024, 11am - 4pm

⚗️Family Science Day 🔭

Come and meet a real scientist! Get involved with some fascinating hands-on learning and experiments.

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TASTE Café

Open daily 9.00am - 4.30pm | Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm
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Food and Drink

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