Speed to the West

19 March 2016 - 7 January 2017

Nothing is more evocative of the golden age of travel than the railway poster.  This exhibition features over 50 famous examples spanning a whole century.

Katherine Hardy's Dress

The stunning red bustle dress worn by Thomas Hardy’s sister Katherine now on display in the Museum’s Writers Gallery.

 

Dorset's Church Treasure

Don't miss our temporary exhibition Dorset's Church Treasure. 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.

MUSEUM NEWS

CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE: 22 - 23 Feb 2016

The Museum will be closed for cleaning and maintenance on Monday 22nd February and Tuesday 23rd February 2016.  Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconcenience caused

ANCIENT DORSET GALLERY

This newly refurbished gallery displays many archaeological artefacts from the county's past including the Viking Mass Burial from the Ridgeway Hill near Weymouth

JURASSIC COAST GALLERY

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.

VICTORIAN GALLERY

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.

WRITERS' DORSET

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.

OBJECT IDENTIFICATION SURGERY

Bring your ’mystery’ objects along to one of our three sessions per week and our enquiries team will do their best to provide an identification for you on the spot wherever possible

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION SERVICE

Dorset County Museum's programme for schools is designed to be challenging and reflect the joy of discovery. We use skilled practitioners to deliver a programme that is creative, fun and hands on.

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Latest events and activities

21/02/2016

Victorian Fayre

FREE public event of live demonstrations, entertainment and stalls
22/02/2016

MUSEUM CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE

22 - 23 Feb 2016
23/02/2016

MUSEUM CLOSED FOR MAINTENANCE

22 - 23 Feb 2016