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Address: Church Lane, Sherborne DT9 3BP, England
Phone Number:
+44 1935 812252
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 10:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This fascinating small museum reflects the social and historical life of...

This fascinating small museum reflects the social and historical life of Sherborne, a market town in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Attractions include a unique medieval wall-painting, a touch-screen version of the glorious Sherborne Missal, botanical watercolours by pioneering Edwardian artist Diana Wilson, a vast photographic archive, a famous dolls' house, silk displays and much more. Ground floor wheelchair access.

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quirky little museum

This little museum has a lot of quirky details about Sherbourne and its surrounding district. The people running it are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about this part of the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Joan J
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United Kingdom

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United Kingdom
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This little museum has a lot of quirky details about Sherbourne and its surrounding district. The people running it are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about this part of the countryside. A very interesting and agreeable way to spend a little time learning more about this beautiful area of England.

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Thank Joan J
Deddington, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Wanted to learn more about Sherborne, its history and people. We did. A wide variety of displays and objects, some of which you could handle.

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Thank MarketMunchers
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113 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

A lovely lady greeted us when we walked in. We were given a fact sheet of the museum. We were the only people there at the time. This is free entry but donations are welcome, the lady did not pressure us at all to make a donation. It's a quaint, small museum. Very well laid out, interesting fact/information displays. It... More 

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Thank Nickie B
Elisabeth B, General Manager at Sherborne Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much Nickie, your response means a lot to us. We always strive for great customer care and I'm glad you found the displays interesting. I will pass your comments on the shop to our retail manager, Linda - it will make her day! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Artefacts and records from the local community housed in an old house close to the Conduit in Sherborne.

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Thank Jon R
Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Well this little place was very good and I love a museum where you can touch things from old bones to artifacts. Staff were very welcoming and had a loverly smile on their faces. Love the old stuff very good and we'll presented would recommend it they are donation only which is also good so pay what you think it's... More 

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1 Thank Mancini1970
Elisabeth B, General Manager at Sherborne Museum, responded to this review

Well, we're thrilled to have your opinion and so glad that you enjoyed your visit We do aim to make our museum as touchy-feely as possible and get away from the traditional stuffy image. We constantly try to keep things fresh and appealing. Our front of house team are indeed very welcoming and will be much cheered by your comments. More 

Sherborne, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

My friend is a curator there - museum small but has many local items. Information on all local historical issues from Iron Age to Farming history. My friend is young and has fresh ideas - good place on a rainy day and interesting for both young and old.

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1 Thank tonydi2002
Dorchester, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Tucked away down a side alley near to the Abbey we must have walked past a number of times in the past before noticing this local museum. Entry is free, although they do welcome donations. There are artefacts and information on Sherborne and its history on the ground floor which extends out to the rear of the building then 2-3... More 

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Sherborne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The museum is packed with great local history and is well presented. It is surprising how much industry there was in Sherborne

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1 Thank Sylvia H
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Sherborne museum has lots of interest throughput the ages and helps explain the history of the town and surrounding area. Well worth an hour or so.

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1 Thank 621simonf
london
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791 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 860 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

There is a lot to see in this museum and whilst I had barely 20 minutes before it closed I could have spent an hour here easily. The museum is well laid out over 2 floors and has all sorts of local interest to examine. My highlight was the folio of original botanical studies but time was against me so... More 

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1 Thank sheepygold
Elisabeth B, Manager at Sherborne Museum, responded to this review

We're so thrilled to hear this - for the last four years we have been striving to become a centre of excellence. The botanical drawings form part of our core collections and are indeed one of the highlights. It's lovely to hear you are thinking of making a return visit. More 

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