What’s On

Creative and inquisitive minds will love all the events and activities happening at Dorset Museum.

From weekend fun to expert insights, there’s something for everyone, all year round.

Explore our incredible collections on a tour of our four stunning galleries, or of our new Collections Discovery Centre.

Maybe you’d like to get up close to historic objects in handling sessions or hear an expert talk about what fascinates them.

Spark your imagination with bookable art and craft session or a facilitated workshop with a local artist.


Christmas & New Year Opening Times 

Sat 24 December | CLOSED
Sun 25 December | CLOSED
Mon 26 December | CLOSED
Tues 27 Dec | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Wed 28 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Thurs 29 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Fri 30 Dec | OPEN, normal hours
Sat 31 Dec | OPEN – 9am to 3pm (early closing)
Sun 1 Jan 2023 | CLOSED
Mon 2 Jan | OPEN, Bank Holiday hours
Tues 3 Jan | OPEN, normal hours

  • Opening hours:

    Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
    Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Admissions:

    Annual Pass or Day Entry available

    Book now
  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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  • For more information
    [email protected]


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Past Exhibitions

Take a look at our past exhibitions held at the Dorset Museum over recent years

Keeping Visitors Safe


Although legal restrictions have been lifted we will continue to ensure that our visitors, volunteers and staff remain safe:

✔  We may control numbers in galleries to ensure they do not become overcrowded.

✔  Our volunteers and staff may still be wearing face-coverings in the Museum shop and galleries and you may wish to do the same.

✔  We would ask that visitors, volunteers and staff do not come to the Museum if they have tested positive for Covid, or have any
Covid symptoms.

✔  We continue to monitor and follow the latest government guidance and our website will be updated if there are any
major changes.


Your Visit

“Fantastic number of artefacts presented in one place.”
“Wonderful experience loved it all.”
“Amazing Museum lots of history.”
“A super experience!”
Ann and Trevor
“An absolutely incredible museum. One of the best I’ve ever been in.”
Norman and Christine