Art Exhibition

28th March to 19th Sept 2015

A Poetic Eye: John Craxton on Cranborne Chase and Crete.       A new exhibition charts Craxton's journey, exploring his discovery of colour, light and warmth.

Katherine Hardy's Dress

The stunning red bustle dress worn by Thomas Hardy’s sister Katherine now on display in the Museum’s Writers Gallery.

 

Dorset's Church Treasure

Don't miss our temporary exhibition Dorset's Church Treasure. The display tells the story of Christianity for over 2000 years. Pieces include the Coombe Keynes Chalice from the Victoria and Albert Museum - an object of huge national importance.

MUSEUM NEWS

VIKINGS ARE INVADING THE MUSEUM

History is being brought to life this summer – the Vikings are invading Dorset County Museum! Come and meet the Vikings Saturday 1st and Sunday 23rd August.

COLLECTIONS DISCOVERY CENTRE

Dorset County Museum has ambitious plans for its future development, with new galleries, learning spaces and collections stores. Find out more about these ideas and how we need your support to help secure a future for Dorset's past.

ANCIENT DORSET GALLERY

[CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT]

The Archaeology Gallery is currently being redeveloped. When the Gallery reopens in mid-August 2015 the new displays will include the Viking Mass Burial from the Weymouth Ridgeway.

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.

CAREERS

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Latest events and activities

15/08/2015

Portable Antiquities Scheme Finds Workshop

with Ciorstaidh Hayward Trevarthen
23/08/2015

VIKINGS!

Living history re-enactment group Hrafnslith will be invading the museum