Roman Town House

The Roman Town House in Dorchester is the only example of a fully exposed Roman Town House in the country.

The grounds are free to visit and tours of the internal structure are offered by us for a small fee.

Visitors will learn about the excavation and conservation of the Roman Town House as well as life in the Town House during the Roman period.  Visitors will have an opportunity to explore the South Range and will be given a tour of the West Range inside where they will see mosaics in situ.

Roman Town House and Panel

Roman Town House, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester DT1 1XJ


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The Roman Town House is owned and managed by Dorset Council, and supported by the Dorchester Joint Heritage Committee and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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School Trips

Timing: 13.00-14.00 | Duration:  1 hour
Roman Town House School Visit

Guided Tours

Guided tours for school parties can be arranged with us. Take part in a guided visit, dress up and handle real Roman objects in this unique setting.  Just an 8-minute walk from Dorset Museum.

For booking your visit and lunch space or an unguided visit.

Call: 01305 262735

Timeline

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

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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Tours

20 March 2024, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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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