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 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.
The Victorian Hall
This magnificent space at the heart of the Museum is the perfect venue for corporate and private entertainment, lectures, concerts, and wedding parties.
Bar Provision: Available all day.
Event Capacity Seated: 80
Standing Buffet: 120
TASTE café at Dorset Museum
Displaying photographs from our collections, the newly refurbished TASTE café at Dorset Museum is fully licensed and serves locally sourced food.
Also available for evening hire.
Bar Provision: Available from 06:00 PM
Event Capacity Seated: 52
Standing Reception: 60
John White Rectory
The 16th-century rectory and courtyard can be booked for lectures, meetings and events.
Catering and bar provision can be arranged: Available all day.
Event Capacity Boardroom: 16
Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Community Room
This space can be booked for meetings and small events with a kitchenette for making coffee and tea.
You can also book light lunches from our café Taste at Dorset Museum.
Available all day.
Event Capacity Boardroom: 16
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…Find out more
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:…Find out more
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…Find out more
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…Find out more
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…Find out more
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…Find out more
22 January – 27 March 2022
Work inspired by Sylvia Townsend Warner and Valentine Ackland 22 January – 27 March 2022 Quiet Revolutions, a display of ceramic pieces inspired by…Find out more
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…Find out more
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…Find out more