31st May - 15th November 2014

The story of an intrepid Dorset woman, Mabel Annie St Clair Stobart, who led a woman-only medical team to Serbia in 1915. Find out more...

Join The Young Archaeologists’ Club

A brand new branch of the Young Archaeologists’ Club has started at Dorset County Museum this summer. To find our more

Become a Museum Volunteer

The Dorset County Museum relies on the generosity its volunteers who give thousands of hours of their time to the Museum each year. Find out how you can help.......

To celebrate our re-established links with Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts the Dorset County Museum is hosting a fundraising event for the proposed development at the museum on Friday 14th November 2014 from 5.30pm to 8.00pm.  For more information CLICK HERE

The Archaeology Gallery at Dorset County Museum is currently being emptied as part of a major redevelopment project. When the Gallery reopens in Spring 2015 the new displays will include the Viking Mass Burial from the Weymouth Ridgeway recently showcased at the British Museum. Museum staff would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while the work is taking place.

Dorset County Museum has ambitious plans for its future development, with new galleries, learning spaces and collections stores. Find out more about these ideas and how we need your support to help secure a future for Dorset's past.

See 'The World's Biggest Bite' and meet Dorset’s real dinosaurs in the Jurassic Coast Gallery. Learn all about  the giant creatures that once roamed the lands and seas which existed before Dorset was even created.

Dig down into the Archaeology Gallery, which will lead you on a tour from prehistoric to Roman Dorset, and see the skeletons of ancient Britons brutally slain at Maiden Castle.

Visit the nostalgic and atmospheric Victorian Gallery, one of the few places in Europe you can follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans by actually walking on Roman mosaic floors.

Visit Thomas Hardy’s study, see the recently acquired Hardy Players’ Theatre, absorb the atmosphere in the room dedicated to poet William Barnes and explore the lives and works of all Dorset’s literary greats.


Find out how to become a member, volunteer or sponsor today.

Latest events and activities


Half Term Family Activity

Victorian Hallowe'en Customs and Crafts

Thomas Hardy Talk

Hardy, Games and Prehistoric Landscapes by Dr Rebecca Welshman of Exeter University