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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CURRENT EXHIBITION

SPEED TO THE WEST

19 March 2016 - 7 January 2017

Nothing is more evocative of the golden age of travel than the railway poster.  This exhibition features over 50 famous examples spanning a whole century.

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SUNDAY OPENINGS FOR 2016

  • Sunday 14th August
  • Sunday 21st August
  • Sunday 28th August
  • Sunday 4th September
  • Sunday 11th September

 

____________________________________________________________________________ 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

08/09/2016

AN EVENING WITH THE CURATOR

Speed to the West: A Nostalgic Journey by Paul Atterbury
14/09/2016

GEOLOGY REVEALED

Science and Imagination Getting Intimate With Deep Time by Sam Scriven
15/09/2016

HISTORY EXPLORED

Genealogy and Unusual Coincidences by Warwick H. Taylor MBE