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.

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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The Spaces

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


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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Oct 2021 - 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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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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Open Evening

15 July 2021

Open evening for schools

It gives us great pleasure to invite school staff to our hugely transformed Dorset Museum on Thursday 15th July between 17.30 – 19.30 for FREE.

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