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Dorset County Museum

High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA, England
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Amazing exhibition about Dorset

Some good information on life in Dorset in the old days. Famous Dorset folk and history. Great... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
Kieran M
A great way to spend a morning!

Varied collections, so something here for everyone. We enjoyed our short visit. Staff were... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2016
Sheffield, 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 site Jurassic Coast and natural history. There are evening talks and events, plus children's activities and trails. See the website for details. Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm April to October, closing at 4pm November to March. Open Sundays in school summer holidays. Something for everyone, come rain or shine. We're a self-funding independent museum and registered charity. Money raised from your entry ticket enables us to look after our historic building and Dorset's precious past.
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good36%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“jurassic coast” (39 reviews)
“roman mosaic” (17 reviews)
“local history” (19 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA, England
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Reviewed 14 July 2016

Some good information on life in Dorset in the old days. Famous Dorset folk and history. Great exhibition on the Jurassic coast and a pliasaur skull too!

Thank Kieran M
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Varied collections, so something here for everyone. We enjoyed our short visit. Staff were friendly and welcoming. The museum cafe was really good value.

Thank S D
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Helpful, friendly staff and interesting exhibits. Museum is conveniently situated in centre of Dorchester.

Thank stumpywoman
Reviewed 3 July 2016

Lots to see - really well presented in this tardis of a building. You also get a discount for the Military museum, also well worth a visit.

Thank Glosfan
Reviewed 27 June 2016

We came across this museum at the end of our visit to Dorchester and wished we had discovered it earlier in the day as there was so much of interest about the locality,it was closing time before we knew it!

Thank thebroughtons2016
Reviewed 27 June 2016

A beautiful bijou museum, crammed with interesting (and sometimes gruesome) artefacts found in the town. The staff were very helpful and took pride in the museum and the history of Dorchester. I loved it. There was a lovely railway are exhibition, which was part of...More

Thank aihpoS1
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyable visit- friendly staff, good variety, and all well laid out. Plenty of informative displays covering local history, archaeology and even paleontology. If you are in the NACF entry is even free!

Thank Mark E
Reviewed 12 June 2016

A warm welcome from a pleasant and knowledgeable lady. Centrally located and easily accessible. Room of posters mainly GWR West Country which were interesting to us. I especially enjoyed the writers room which was very informative. I expect the dinosaur room would have interested children...More

1  Thank babs-4u
Reviewed 12 June 2016

Great variety of exhibits about Dorset, managed to occupy our group for about 1.5 hours and could have done with more time. Even managed to interest a slightly stroppy teenager in our group! Nice building too.

Thank JHUK2014
Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

A great museum with lots to see. Tea room items we had were lovely and very reasonable but would have liked a sandwich instead of just cakes or cream teas as it was lunchtime and we hoped for a nice lunch there. Entrance very reasonable...More

Thank Jayne L
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20 May 2015|
Response from DorsetCountyMuseum | Property representative |
Sorry, no. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the Dorset County Museum.