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Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre
Ranked #5 of 26 things to do in Dorking
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 28 May 2014

The Dorking Museum is a terrific insight to the interesting past of Dorking. This little market town has been important and influential in history, along with being picturesque and friendly today

Thank Magglington
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DorkingMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2014

Thank you for your kind words - and taking the trouble to write a review.
We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We are a small Museum and any publicity is such a great help.

We hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 25 November 2013

I hope that Mary N appreciates that the Dorking Museum is not only manned exclusively by volunteers who cannot be there every day of the week, but also receives no external financial support. It depends upon income from the (very small) fees from visitors, proceeds of sale from books etc., and of course donations which are always welcome

2  Thank Mayso
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DorkingMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 December 2013

Thanks so much Mayso. It is amazing how many people are unaware of the fact that the Museum receives no external funding - and that we are all Volunteers.

We would love to be open more often than we are - but, as you point out so well, this is totally reliant on Volunteers giving up their time.

Thanks once again.

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Reviewed 10 November 2013

For a museum of its size, this place houses several motifs, mementos and marks of a bygone era which was home to many stalwarts including William Mullins, E M Forster and John Evelyn. The reception is manned by responsible people (two friendly elderly gentlemen who can easily make out the difference between casual visitors and genuine observers. One gets a fair idea of the incredible legacy that Dorking enjoys through the permanent as well as temporary exhibits. A visit here tells you more than the much hyped walking tours round the place. The collection is awesome displaying a wide variety of bill heads, letterheads, photographs, ephemera, artifacts and archives. The scene simulating a typical Dorking grain store and the models and photographs of vintage bicycles, motor accidents and burial methods are positively intriguing. The museum deserves much greater support in terms of donations and volunteer help. Wish the influential London folks take on the cause of preserving the rich legacy of England's countryside, richer than the staple London Eye or Madame Tussaud.

1  Thank Sudhir_Raikar
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EricaChambers, Volunteer at Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2013

Thank you so much for your review. We are very proud of our Museum and we are so happy when other people love it as much as we do!

As you highlighted in your review, we receive no local authority or government funding. Everything is paid for by public donations.

To hear such positive comments from visitors makes all our hard work seem completely worthwhile.

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Reviewed 22 October 2013

I learnt quite a bit about the area, even though I have lived around here for 14 years. The museum is set in a newly built building and has plenty of scope to get bigger and better when the money is made available. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and will give you a guided tour if you ask and they are not too busy. It may be a case of pre-booking a guided tour.
A good effort with a future. Thank you

1  Thank Al B
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Reviewed 7 October 2013

Very disappointed that this museum was closed on Sunday as I had just passed a newspaper billboard informing the great and good of Dorking that something connected with Dickens had been discovered at the Museum?????

3  Thank Mary N
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