Beaminster Museum
Beaminster Museum
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Speciality MuseumsHistory Museums
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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Beaminster Museum is a fascinating voluntary museum of life in West Dorset, from Jurassic fossils through pre history to the recent past. For Summer 2024 there is a fascinating exhibition A Stitch in Time - all the many ways that stitching things has been part of our history - cobblers to couture, saddlers, seamstresses and samplers! And social history in a rusty boot that Thomas Hardy would have recognised!
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Decath Coffee
Chard, UK185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I thought I was lucky to find this open on Easter Sunday, but I now know their season has just started and this superb museum will be open until the end of October on Sunday afternoons; Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.30 till 4pm. No entrance fee, but a donation box is on the desk.
Really friendly volunteers who are perceptive enough to know when to chat or when to leave alone.
I found the film of Chelsea Flower Show delightful - really 'of it's time'. Try watching the first 10 minutes and the last 10 minutes if you can't manage the full 50 minutes.
Lots of interesting exhibits and explanations about Beaminster and the local villages.
Stairlifts available to other floors and a public loo.
Excellent
Written 1 April 2024
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So glad you enjoyed your visit! That's the sort of experience our volunteers aim to offer people!
Written 2 April 2024
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Peter P
Bridport, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Business
When I went to beaminster museum a few weeks ago I was delighted at all the interactive material there. The kids loved pretending to play the organ, my favourite part was the COVID 19 exhibit.
Written 21 June 2022
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Sleepy Mother Of 3
Dorset, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Lovely little museum with very helpful volunteers. Entry fee is a donation. Many different sections, so something for everyone.
Written 9 June 2022
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So glad you enjoyed your visit. With extended premises this season, we have tried to increase what we offer our visitors. Thank you for writing your review.
Written 13 June 2022
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Peter W
Beaminster, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
Used to volunteer here before work commitments stopped me from doing so. Always friendly staff and the exhibits were put out in a professional manner. Very cheap to enter and would highly recommend their family history research.
Written 11 February 2020
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Thank you for your review, Pete! Do call in again when we re-open at Easter for 2020.
Written 14 February 2020
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SallyBridders
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Couples
Lovely little museum run by passionate volunteers. Lots of interesting exhibits ans can easily spend a few hours here.
Written 11 September 2019
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catherama
stevenage21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
We had a brilliant morning at this gem of a local museum with our three girls aged 8-10. They loved the very interesting Crime and Punishment exhibition (and smugglers tunnel!) and thoroughly enjoyed following the clues to solve the mystery trail. Dressing up was an absolute winner as was the school room, then grown ups and kids alike lost themselves in the detailed and engaging displays about local history upstairs. The volunteers were so kind and helpful, showing the kids fossils and helping them with any tricky questions. It’s amazing what a wealth of information is on offer here- obviously real passion for local history has gone into recording and sharing it for others to discover and enjoy. Thank you for a great morning and for opening the kids’ eyes to how fascinating local history can be😊
Written 30 August 2019
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MichaelMoore43
Worcester32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
This was our second visit to the little Museum just off the main square in this delightful Dorset village. It is housed in a former chapel and, although the space is limited, there is a first floor gallery above the ground floor rooms with a wealth of very interesting social history on display. The Museum's stewards are volunteers and very eager to describe and explain about the exhibits. What impressed us most was the detail included in all the written and visual displays, which must have taken long hours of research - with fascinating results. Hope to return again soon.
Written 22 July 2019
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BOBOK777
West Sussex, UK1,145 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Friends
We’ve visited many local museums over the years and this is one of the best!

There is truly something for everyone - from information and exhibits about local fossils to the history of Beaminster and its development over the centuries. At the time of our visit there was a superbly presented exhibition about local crime and punishment over the last couple of hundred years (anyone for transportation to Australia for stealing a loaf of bread?).

One if the highlights of our visit was the friendliness and enthusiasm of the volunteers.
Written 7 June 2019
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vicky73111
High Wycombe, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
We are not local to the area but we found this museum really interesting. There's a wide range of artifacts and a real mixture of items and exhibits. There's some interactive activities for young children, including fossil rubbing, dressing up and various buttons to press here and there. Some very moving war stories especially the letter from a father to his one year old son, knowing he wasn't to return from the war. Anyone who lives in Beaminster must be very proud of this informative and very interesting museum.
Written 3 June 2019
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elizabeth a
Bristol, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Family
A very interesting small museum converted from a Chapel. Lots of displays and interesting artifacts.A lot of information on Rhodes-Moorhouse who won the 1st flying V.C. and much local history
Written 8 September 2018
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