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CURRENT EXHIBITION

Free Time

15 February to 17 May 2014

A brand new exhibition looking at the changing nature of our leisure time over the last 60 years. Find out more...

WHAT'S NEW?

A DORSET WOMAN AT WAR

Watch out for our forthcoming exhibition which forms part of the First World War Centenary Celebrations led by the Imperial War Museum. A Dorset Woman at War runs from 31 May to 15 November 2014. Find out more...

DEVELOPMENT APPEAL

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.

DISCOVER DINOSAURS

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.

UNCOVER ANCIENT PEOPLE


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.

WALK IN ROMAN FOOTSTEPS

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.

NOVELISTS AND POETS

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.

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Latest events and activities

25/04/2014

Book Launch: Given to the Ground: A Viking mass grave on Ridgeway Hill, Weymouth.

Representatives from Oxford Archaeology will be present to sign copies of the book which will be available at a discounted price of £25. A second book will also be launched at the same time: 'Down to Weymouth town by Ridgeway' - prehistoric, Roman and
14/05/2014

Adult Craft Workshop

Needle Felting. Sessions designed specifically for beginners who wish to try new crafts and techniques.