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

Our events team are trained 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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Online Exhibition


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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28 May – 24 November 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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13 October 2021 - 9 January 2022

Elmer and Friends

The Colourful World of David McKee An exhibition from Seven Stories: The National Centre for Children’s Books. 13 October 2021 to 9 January 2022…

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20 January 2022

Tom Sharpe – Mary Anning, the fossil woman

20 January 2022, 7 pm Join Tom Sharpe, formerly Curator of Palaeontology and Archives at the National Museum of Wales, and author of ‘The…

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16 December 2021

Dr Clare Randall – ‘Anciently a manor’: the medieval manor at Lower Putton Lane, Chickerell

Excavations of the medieval manor at Lower Putton Lane, Chickerell 16 December 2021, 7 pm Join Dr Clare Randall to find out more about…

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Christmas Crafts

Sunday Craft Activity Feel the festive spirit and join in our winter and Christmas themed crafts in December. Sunday, 5 December 2021 Sunday, 12 December…

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October and November

Colourful Creatures

Sunday Craft Activity Create some colourful critters inspired by the Elmer and Friends exhibition to take home. Sunday, 3 October 2021 Sunday, 10 October 2021…

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26 and 27 October 2021

Patterned Pals

26 and 27 October 2021, 10am to 11.30am | 12.30pm to 2pm | 2.30pm to 4pm. Artist-led event with Chesil Creatives Join artist Ellie Newbury,…

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Dorset Museum Music Society

17 November 2021

Barbican Quartet

17 November 2021, 7.30 pm Acclaimed for their “gusto, comradeship and sharp attack” (The Times), the Barbican Quartet was formed at the Guildhall School…

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