COMING IN 2018!

DIPPY ON TOUR

A Natural History Adventure

10 Feb 2018 - 8 May 2018

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy, is touring the UK from early 2018.  And we’re thrilled to have been selected from hot competition as his first stop on that tour!

Coming to see Dippy will be a free and unique opportunity, so advanced booking is strongly advised as we expect this to be one popular exhibition.  You’ll be able to book online from August 2017.

TOMORROW’S MUSEUM FOR DORSET

Making Dorset Proud with a world-class contemporary museum and exhibition space, complete with new galleries, learning centre, collections storage, library and visitor facilities including a café and shop.

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SPOTLIGHT EXHIBITION

Nautilus: Beautiful Survivor - 500 million years of evolutionary history

Extended to 30 May 2017

The Chambered Nautilus is one of the oldest living things on our planet. Since the dawn of civilisation its form has inspired artists, designers and architects. Nautilus has survived whatever the world has thrown at it for more than 500 million years, persisting even as dinosaurs and many other life forms vanished. Now, however, some believe it could become extinct within a generation.

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____________________________________________________________________________ EXPLORING THE MUSEUM

ANCIENT DORSET GALLERY

This newly refurbished gallery displays many archaeological artefacts from the county's past including the Viking Mass Burial from the Ridgeway Hill near Weymouth

JURASSIC COAST GALLERY

See 'The World's Biggest Bite' and meet Dorset’s real dinosaurs in the Jurassic Coast Gallery. Learn all about  the giant creatures that once roamed the lands and seas which existed before Dorset was even created.

VICTORIAN GALLERY

Visit the nostalgic and atmospheric Victorian Gallery, one of the few places in Europe you can follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans by actually walking on Roman mosaic floors.

WRITERS' DORSET

Visit Thomas Hardy’s study, see the recently acquired Hardy Players’ Theatre, absorb the atmosphere in the room dedicated to poet William Barnes and explore the lives and works of all Dorset’s literary greats.

OBJECT IDENTIFICATION SURGERY

Bring your ’mystery’ objects along to one of our three sessions per week and our enquiries team will do their best to provide an identification for you on the spot wherever possible

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION SERVICE

Dorset County Museum's programme for schools is designed to be challenging and reflect the joy of discovery. We use skilled practitioners to deliver a programme that is creative, fun and hands on.

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Latest events and activities

26/01/2017

TRAVELLER'S TALES

Sand, Rock and Snow by Caroline Richards
03/02/2017

ARCHAEOLOGY UNEARTHED

The Social Role of Non-metal Valuables in Late Bronze Age Britain by Dr Joanna Brück
08/02/2017

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Thomas Hardye School Students
15/02/2017

CRAFT ACADEMY

Fun Family Activities
22/02/2017

LUNCHTIME CONCERT

Thomas Hardye School Students