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The High street site is closed but the museum is "on tour" and free in Brewery Square.

The main museum in Dorchester's High street West is closed for some 18 months - 2 years in order to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Lovely interesting museum

We visited whilst on holiday in the area and it was the last visiting day before they closed until... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2018
Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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Discover 200 million years of Dorset's fascinating history in this beautiful Grade 11 Listed building which is much bigger on the inside than it looks! Collections include fine art, geology, archaeology, literature, the history of the world heritage...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA, England
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All reviews jurassic coast roman mosaics victorian hall local history well worth a visit beautiful victorian tea room interesting exhibits couple of hours on display home made cakes main hall maiden castle staff were helpful all ages iron age high street
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited while the museum was getting ready to shut for building and refurbishment work. Entry was free and we really did not expect much. It was clear to see that this must have once been an elegant building but it looked in need of...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The main museum in Dorchester's High street West is closed for some 18 months - 2 years in order to carry out extensive renovations. However, the museum now has gone on "tour", currently there is a very interesting "pop up" site in the Brewery Quarter,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 7 October 2018

We visited this museum on a day trip to the town.Therewas a definite concentration on paintings of local worthies and some artefacts of historical interest..The museum was preparing to close soon for refurbishment so this probably detracted from the atmosphere. I am sure that this...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

Housed in an interesting building on the High Street but unexpectedly closed this morning. Not sure when it reopens and as infrequent visitors not sure when we will return

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 4 October 2018

We visited whilst on holiday in the area and it was the last visiting day before they closed until 2020 for major refurbishment. Some of the displays were empty due to the closure but what was there was really interesting and informative. We also saw...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 7 September 2018

The museum has quite a good fossil collection and a reproduction of Hardy’s study with his original furniture. It is undergoing refurbishment so parts were closed off, but as a bonus there are excavating a roman road at the back of the museum and there...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

Back in March 2018 we decided to visit the museum in Dorchester as they had Dippy on display and we had missed seeing it when we'd visited the Natural History Museum the previous year in London. We were staying near Charmouth and travelled from Ireland...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank June T
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Worth visiting for an hour or so but not much in the Hall and some cabinets are empty. However there was a half price discount because they’re working on things. Wasn’t a negative experience as the staff were lovely and informative.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

The entrance gives no indication of what a tardis this is. Superb display of fossils, Thomas Hardy and other local authors, Roman history and much more. Superb value for half price £3.50.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

An interesting little museum with displays on Roman history of Dorchester plus the Jurassic Coast. At the time of our visit, may of the upstairs rooms had been closed for refurbishment. The highlight was seeing the active archaeological excavation outside. Would have been good if...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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10 April 2018|
Response from SunnyD1881 |
no food is allowed in the museum itself but they do have a small tea room on site but think it does not permit your own food. There is always Borough Gardens a short walk away where you can take picnic and it also has a play... More
10 April 2018|
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Response from HollydayBear | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Go to the Borough Gardens, or down by the River Frome. Both have picnic tables and are great venues. Only 5-10 mins walk.
30 March 2018|
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Response from Bruce H | Reviewed this property |
You do not have to pay to see just Dippy. But if you want to view the whole museum then you do. When we went, although it was very busy we did not need to book. We were able to just go through. If you are time committed... More