22nd November to 27th December 2014

We are delighted to welcome back Dorset artist Phyllis Wolff in November of this year. Phyllis has exhibited at the Museum before and the new exhibition promises to be her most exciting to date. Find out more....


Don't miss the NEW temporary exhibition of Church Silver. The display tells the story of Christianity for over 2000 years. Pieces include the Coombe Keynes Chalice from the Victoria and Albert Museum - an object of huge national importance.


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


The Archaeology Gallery at Dorset County Museum is currently being worked on as part of a major redevelopment project. When the Gallery reopens in 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.

Ancient Dorset Gallery

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.


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Latest events and activities


Geology Lecture: Stegosaurus from Wyoming to South Kensington

A talk by Dr Paul Barrett, Natural History Museum

Lunchtime Concert Bernardo – Continental Guitarist

Lunchtime Concert Bernardo – Continental Guitarist

Traveller’s Tales – Archaeology in Malta

A illustrated talk by Dr. Jonathan Murden

Archaeology Field Trip: Maumbury Rings and Mount Pleasant

Maumbury Rings and Mount Pleasant. Meet at Maumbury Rings at 6pm.