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Museum of East Dorset


Step into an historic town house in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne. Discover the stories of the people who lived there over the centuries. Explore the themed galleries and find out more about Wimborne and the towns and rural areas of East Dorset.

There is something for everyone, from a unique collection of Victorian Valentines to a kitchen that takes you back in time, and stunning Roman wall paintings and archaeology.

The charming Tea Room opens onto a tranquil walled garden that is wildlife friendly and includes heritage fruit trees. Discover the gift shop, bookshop, and Information Centre right on the High Street.

This vibrant heritage and cultural centre is housed in an historic Grade II* listed building. It reopened in late 2020 following a £1.8 million National Lottery project which restored the building and transformed the exhibition spaces. Visitors will discover a welcoming, accessible space offering interaction, participation, engagement and plenty of fun.


Adults £5.50

Children (5-16 years) £3.30

Children (0-4 years) FREE

Family (1 adult +3 children) £14

Family (2 adults + 2 children) £16

Single annual pass £13

Child annual pass £8

Family annual pass (1 adult + 3 children) £27

Family annual pass (2 adults + 2 children) £31

Opening Times

1 April-31 October: Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:30pm

1 November-31 March: Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm

Check our website for seasonal and Bank Holiday opening times.


The Museum offers the following sessions for schools: Life in Victorian Britain; A Victorian Christmas; Toys Old & New; World War Two: The Home Front; The Romans; 'Dig It!' Archaeology; Local Studies: The Story of East Dorset ; Young Curators. The sessions can be adapted to suit all Key Stages and for cross-curricular creative sessions.

The sessions can also be adapted to provide outreach sessions in schools.


Museum facilities
Refreshments Tearoom
Gift shop  Yes
Gardens/Grounds Yes
Toilets for Wheelchair Users   
Guided Tours   
Audio Tours   
Wheelchair Accessability  Ground floor, garden and tearoom fully accessible. Stairs to four exhibition galleries on the first floor (information folder for these galleries available).
Induction Loop   
Facilities for the Blind / Visually Impaired   
Group Visits  
School Visits  
Outreach activities  



23-27 High Street
Wimborne Minster
BH21 1HR

01202 882533