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Opening Times

Dorset County Museum is open Monday to Saturday all year round from 10am to 5pm 30th March to October and from 10am to 4pm November to March.

We are open on Good Friday, Easter Monday, May Day, Whitsun and August Bank Holidays but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Sometimes it is necessary to close galleries for special events or essential maintenance - please check with us in advance if you are coming a long way or to see something specific.

Admission

Dorset County Museum is an independent museum and an educational charity. Although we do receive some support from Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council, we have to raise over £500,000 a year to run and maintain the historic Museum building and look after the two million objects in its collection.

We believe that, given the richness of our collection, the size of the Museum and the quality of visitor experience we provide, our admission prices represent great value for money

  • Adult Gift Aid* Entry: £7.00
  • Adult Standard Entry: £6.35
  • Family (2 adult + 4 children) Gift Aid* Entry: £18.00
  • Family (2 adult + 4 children) Standard Entry: £16.20
  • Family (1 adult + children) Gift Aid Entry: £12.00
  • Family (1 adult + 2 children) Standard Entry: £10.80
  • Over 60 Gift Aid* Entry: £6.50
  • Over 60 Standard Entry: £5.90
  • Disabled Gift Aid Entry: £6.50 (includes one carer admitted free)
  • Disabled Standard Entry: £5.90 (includes one carer admitted free) 
  • Child / Student Entry: £3.50
  • Children under 5 admitted FREE

And remember, if you become a member, you can visit Dorset County Museum as many times as you like for just £28 a year.

*As a UK taxpayer your Gift Aid Admission includes a discretionary 10% donation which allows us, as a charity, to claim back 25 pence in the £1 from the Government. If you are not a UK taxpayer or you wish to opt out of this donation, please notify the desk staff when purchasing your admission ticket and the reduced (standard) fee will be charged.

Museum Gift Shop and Tea Room

The Museum Shop offers a fantastic selection of unique gifts, jewellery, cards, local crafts books and other Dorset publications all selected to complement the Museum's extensive collection.

Visit our Tea Room to rest and relax with a pot of Dorset tea or a cafetiere of delicious coffee and choose from the tempting selection of homemade cakes, scones and biscuits.

The Shop and Tea Room are also open to non-museum visitors.

Group and School Visits

We are always delighted to welcome groups to Dorset County Museum and can provide an added level of service for those who book in advance. The charge is £7.00 (Gift Aid Entry) or £6.35 (Standard Entry) per person for a visit and this includes a guided tour with one of our specialist tour guides and refreshments. A minimum charge of £75 applies. Contact education@dorsetcountymuseum.org or call 01305 756832 for more details or to book a visit.

For school group bookings please see our Schools and Education Service page.

Wheelchair user entry (and free carer) £5 each.  There is disabled access to the ground floor and to the Jurassic Coast Gallery on the first floor via a lift.

Getting Here

By Car

There is a set down point in front of Dorset County Museum but unfortunately we have no car park of our own. The nearest car park (including disabled parking) is the 'Top of Town’ car park just beyond the roundabout at the end of High West Street. The walk to the Museum is 500 metres and the route is signposted.

Details on the locations of all Dorchester's car parks, their opening hours and charges can be found by visiting Dorset For You.

By Bus

Dorchester's main bus stop is located directly outside the Dorset County Museum and we are served by the following routes:

  • 7 - Forston / Charminster
  • 31 - Axminster / Lyme Regis / Bridport / Dorchester
  • 101 - Crossways / Overmoigne
  • 183 - Salisbury / Blandford/ Weymouth
  • 212 - Yeovil
  • 216 - Yeovil / Sheborne
  • 307 - Sturminster Newton
  • 323 - Sturminster Newton
  • 347 - Bere Regis / Poole
  • 387 - Poole

Please contact Traveline South West for full details about service bus operators and route timetables.

By Train

Dorset County Museum is within easy walking distance of both Dorchester South Station (which is served by South West Trains running routes from and to London, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth) and Dorchester West Station (which is served by Great Western Railway running routes from and to Bristol, Castle Cary, Yeovil and Weymouth).

Please contact National Rail Enquiries for full details about train operators and route timetables.

For more details on getting to Dorset County Museum and getting around our building, please download a copy of our Access Statement. This document is a written, clear, accurate, and above all honest description of our current facilities and the services we offer, to enable you to make an informed decision as to whether our business meets your particular access needs.

Dorset County Museum is committed to ensuring a culture of customer care and good service provision at all levels of its organisation. To underpin this commitment, we have adopted a nine-point Customer Charter, which all staff and volunteers must observe and take responsibility for promoting. This has the overall objective of ensuring that we treat all visitors in a friendly, and courteous, responding to their questions knowledgeably and dealing with any issues that arise appropriately.

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