Dorchester Abbey Museum

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The Museum is in two buildings on the Abbey site.
The Old Schoolroom is part of Dorchester Abbey’s
14th-century former Guest House and displays
illustrations, maps and artefacts reflecting the history
of Dorchester and its locality which have been
continuously inhabited for over 6000 years.
It also houses an archive of Dorchester’s history,
available for inspection and research by arrangement,
and a souvenir and gift shop.
The Cloister Gallery is housed in a pentice built against
the north wall of the Abbey in 2001.
The gallery, shortlisted for the Gulbenkian Prize 2006, displays a permanent exhibition ‘If Stones Could Speak ……’ which tells the story of the Abbey through its collection of worked medieval stone.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Old Schoolroom Exhibits;
Easter to end September
Daily 14.00 - 17.00
Cloister Gallery;
all year, daily, 08.00 - 18.00

Admission charges

Admission free; suggested donation £2.00

Additional info

Cafeteria (Tea Room only) is open at weekends and Bank Holidays from 22 March to 30 September; also on Wed and Thurs from mid-May

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Social History

Dorchester Abbey Museum
Abbey Guest House
High Street
OX10 7HR






01865 340054

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