Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum
High West Street




01305 262735


01305 257180

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The Dorset County Museum is where the story of Dorset's rich landscape unfolds in a range of fascinating displays. The Museum was founded in 1846 to help protect and record the county's unique historical and natural environment.

Today visitors to the Museum can find out about local writers, history, archaeology, geology and the natural sciences in one of the Museum's many galleries. There are also video displays, activity carts for children and an audio-guide to take you round the exhibits.

The Museum is housed in a beautiful, gothic-style building, which dates from 1884. Its diverse collections include Roman mosaics, original Thomas Hardy manuscripts and fossilised dinosaur footprints. And behind the scenes there is a great deal more...

The Museum is an ideal place to come if you are visiting Dorset, and a great place for local people to find out more about where they live.

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Opening hours

Tue-Sat 1000-1600 1 Nov to 31 March, Mon-Sat 1000 - 1700 1 April to 31 October

Admission charges

Adults £6.50
Concessions £5.00
Up to two children admitted free with every adult

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Music, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Social History

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Painting of Mabel Stobart

A Dorset Woman at War

  • 31 May — 15 November 2014 *on now

The story of a remarkable Dorset woman, Mabel Stobart, whose team of female volunteers cared for the Serbian people in extraordinary circumstances during the First World War.
Stobart was a strong advocate of women’s suffrage. Recognising the opportunity that the war presented, she established a female-only medical corps in the face of fierce male opposition.
By April 1915 Stobart’s tented hospital was in Serbia, treating thousands of civilians. When enemy forces invaded, she led her party in an 800 mile retreat over the mountains, documenting their experiences in a series of powerful photographs which form the basis of the exhibition.


Adult Gift Aid entry* £7, Adult Standard entry £6.35
Over 60 Gift Aid entry* £6.50, Over 60 Standard entry £6.50
Children/Students £3.60
* Two children admitted free with each Gift Aid entry ticket.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of archaeological excavations

Archaeology Lecture: Excavations on Ham Hill

  • 7 November 2014 7-9pm

An archaeology talk focusing on the Excavations on Ham Hill. The talk will be given by Niall Sharples of Cardiff University and will be followed by a question and answer session.

Please call the museum shop on 01305 756827 to book a place.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17


photograph of landslide

Geology Lecture: Landslides

  • 12 November 2014 7-9pm

A talk on landslides by Dr Helen Reeves of the British Geological Survey. Followed by question and answer session.

Please call the museum shop on 01305 756827 to book.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15