Bridport Museum

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180 million years of rocks and fossils, 2000 years of people, 800 years of rope... and one tiger!

We re-opened in May 2017 after a major redevelopment, and we would love to see you!

The Museum has been redeveloped to create exciting, modern and interactive displays.
Our Museum is right in the heart of Bridport, a historic rope and net making town.
We invite you to explore our new’ Museum based in one of Bridport’s oldest buildings!

Come and discover:
- Our unique rope and netting collection with working machinery
- Beautiful Roman jewellery, mystical amulets and fearsome armour
- Amazing fossils from the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site
- Bridport’s dark history of disease, decay and death

Join in
- Fun family trails and activities
- Fascinating demonstrations
- Lively annual events and exhibitions

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Opening hours

Museum: April to October, Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday 10am-5pm.
November- March: please see website
Local History Centre: Year round, Tuesday - Thursday, 10am - 1pm and 2 - 4pm

Admission charges

Museum: Free
Local History Centre: Free

The history of the town is told through the collections of social history, archaeology, photograph, fine art, costume, agriculture, archive and rope and net.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, Agriculture, Performing Arts, Sport, Trade and Commerce, Industry, Medicine, Toys and Hobbies

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.
making nets

Home Front, Home

  • 1 June — 21 December 2018 *on now

The exhibition explores how the World’s first ‘total war’ affected women in Bridport, through the stories of 7 individuals. It explores the challenges they faced and looks at how they had to adapt to maintain a resilient home front.

The exhibition has been researched by a group of Bridport Museum’s volunteers, led by Professor Karen Hunt, Professor Emerita of Modern History at Keele University.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Bridport Museum
25 South Street




Office / Local History Centre

01308 422116

01308 458703

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