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.

All admission includes 12 months unlimited access to the Museum and Library

Admissions

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!

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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.

Special Exhibitions

28 May – 5 September 2021

Alchemy: Artefacts Reimagined

Wessex Museums invited artist Ann-Marie James to explore the collections of our four partner museums, then choose an object from each to inspire a series…

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Online Exhibition

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Wildlife in the Red

Online Exhibition: Wildlife in the Red The Wessex Museums partnership is pitching in against biodiversity loss. ‘Wildlife in the Red’ is the title of their…

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Exhibition

13 October 2021 - 9 January 2022

Elmer and Friends

Elmer and Friends: The Colourful World of David McKee An exhibition from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. For the first time ever,…

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Exhibition

28 May – 24 October 2021

A Museum in the Making

Dorchester artist Peter Runeckles was given unique access to the Museum construction site between 2018 and 2020. Working alongside the team from Acheson Construction, a…

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Festival of Archaeology

25 July 2021

Amazing Archaeology

25 July 2021 We are celebrating the Festival of Archaeology in July. Roll up your sleeves and dig deep into our craft activities this month…

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Festival of Archaeology

27 July 2021

Amazing Archaeology

27 July 2021 We are celebrating the Festival of Archaeology in July. Roll up your sleeves and dig deep into our craft activities this month…

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Festival of Archaeology

28 July 2021

Amazing Archaeology

28 July 2021 We are celebrating the Festival of Archaeology in July. Roll up your sleeves and dig deep into our craft activities this month…

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Festival of Archaeology

30 July 2021

Mosaic Art Day

30 July 2021 Join artist Ann-Marie James at this informal drop-in session and create artwork inspired by Roman mosaics in the Museum’s Victorian Hall. Families…

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Festival of Archaeology

31 July 2021

Amazing Archaeology

31 July 2021 We are celebrating the Festival of Archaeology in July. Roll up your sleeves and dig deep into our craft activities this month…

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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*.