The Keep Military Museum

The Keep Military Museum
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The Keep Military Museum respresents the honour, service and traditions of the following Regiments; Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Dorset, Devonshire & Dorset, and the associated Yeomanry of Devonshire and Dorset. The Keep is a Grade 2 listed building, built in 1879 to resemble a Norman gatehouse. The Museum is on four floors and in fine weather the roof is open for splendid views across Dorset. We have DVD/Video presentations, touch screen computers and a laser-mini battle system. Our archive and library are not open to the public unless by prior arrangement; however staff and volunteers will always try to help visitors with research queries.

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Opening hours

April - September: Mon-Sat: 9.30am - 5pm. Last admn 4pm
March - October: Tues-Sat: 9.30 - 5pm, Last admn 4pm
Bank Holidays: 10am - 4pm. Last admn 3pm

Closed: Sundays
Mondays from 1st October - 31st March inclusive (with the exception of local half terms)
Two week closure over Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Adult £6.50
Child (5-16 years) £2.50
Child (Under 5 years) FREE
Senior Citizens (60 & over) £5.00
Full-time Students (ID required) £4.00
Family 2 Adults and up to 3 Children (5-16 years) £15.00
Regimental Association and serving members of the Rifles (ID required) FREE


  • Museums Association

Additional info

We have full access for wheelchairs and push chairs, including a ramp, wide aisles, a lift and a disabled toilet.
Our shop offer an on-line and mail order service for books, Museum and Regimental goods.
We have a small car park next to the Museum, and a large public car park with coach park and cafe opposite us.

The Museum also runs Battlefield Tours - please ring us for details.

The Museum holds a wide range of exhibits relating to the history of our Regiments. We update individual cases on a regular basis. We have a particularly fine collection of medals.
The Ground Floor has a Gallery of the Regiments, Punishment cell, 25 pounder gun, lifesize models and laser mini battle system.
The First Floor has a Command Bunker with video, sound and light show, touch screen computers, Hitler's Desk, Victoria Crosses and a chronological history of the Regiments.
The Second Floor houses the special Gallipoli Display, Badges, Medals, Yeomanry, Iraq, Silverware and Uniforms.
The Third Floor has medals, model soldiers and the picture gallery.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Social History, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • We have 5 Victoria Cross medals on display.
  • Another key exhibit is Hitler's Desk.
  • Our special exhibition this year is a commmoration of the Gallipoli Campaign and,in particular, the role played by the
  • Queens Own Dorset Yeomanry and the 5 Bn The Dorset Regiment.

The Keep Military Museum
Bridport Road




01305 264066

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