Dorset Museums

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  • Schoolchildren on a visit to Priest's House Museum
  • Visitors browse the exhibits at Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden
  • Visitors at the Red House Museum and Gardens

Welcome to the Dorset Museums website

There’s something for everyone in Dorset’s museums and galleries from the Victorian splendour of the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in the West to the amazing array of dinosaur fossils to be found in Lyme Regis Museum on the County’s eastern border.

This site provides a gateway to everything Dorset museums have to offer.
Find out more about all the museums near you or use the search function to plan a perfect day discovering Dorset’s fascinating history.

Planning a Fun Day for the Family or Scheduling a School Trip?
The Facilities and Learning sections on the museum information pages will help you discover which Dorset museums are best suited to your needs and interests.

Latest News

Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust seeks Volunteer Curator from Autumn 2020

Sturminster Newton Heritage Trust is looking for a curator for Sturminster`s Museum. It’s a small, vibrant, Accredited museum run entirely by volunteers. Duties involve overall management of the Museum including care, conservation and documentation of the collection, creating displays and exhibitions and organising activities for both adults and children.
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