Venue Hire

Are you looking for an iconic venue for your event?

With its Gothic facade, spectacular Victorian Hall and stunning new galleries, Dorset Museum is a memorable choice.

The jewel among our event spaces is the Victorian Hall – a true masterpiece of Gothic architecture designed by G. R. Crickmay in 1884.

Its Roman mosaic floor and cast iron framework make it the perfect setting for corporate events, weddings, and special occasions. The café, Learning Base and Community Room are more informal spaces.

Complement your event with a light lunch, refreshments, a guided tour, or a walk around our four fascinating galleries.

Victorian Hall Wedding © Big Bouquet Photography

© Big Bouquet Photography

Our events team are trained to welcome hosts, first aiders, safeguarders, and baristas.

  • Available day and/or evening from 6.00 pm.
  • Catering and/or bar provision.
  • AV, Hearing Loop, WiFi.


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The Spaces


2 December 2021 – 6 March 2022

My Creative Life: Talking Heads

2 December 2021 – 6 March 2022 The heads on display are the expression of a creative process facilitated by Janna Edwards and the Dorset…

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22 September 2022

Tom Sharpe – Mary Anning, the fossil woman

22 September 2022 Join Tom Sharpe, formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales, and author of ‘The Fossil Woman:…

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19 May 2022

Staging the world of Stonehenge

19 May 2022, 7 pm Shrouded in layers of speculation and folklore, Stonehenge is perhaps the world’s most awe-inspiring ancient stone circle, and its image…

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Special Exhibitions

9 February to 1 May 2022

Scene through Wood

A Century of Modern Wood Engraving An exhibition organised by the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford 9 February to 1 May 2022 Scene Through Wood…

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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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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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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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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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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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