TEL: 01305 262735

We are currently in the process of moving offices and decanting some of the galleries as part of the Tomorrows Museum for Dorset project.

- Dates when Museum is Closed -

Sunday 23 and 29 September 2018

Monday 1 October 2018 to Summer 2020 

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. 

Please ring before you visit to check on the current situation on 01305 262735

As a charity we exist for two reasons: to inspire a love of the history, character and culture of this very special county, and to act as the guardian of Dorset's past.

Dorset County Museum is an independent museum and an educational charity. Although we do receive some support from Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council, we have to raise over £500,000 a year to run and maintain the historic Museum building and look after the two million objects in its collection.

We believe that, given the richness of our collection, the size of the Museum and the quality of visitor experience we provide, our admission prices represent great value for money and remember, if you become a member, you can visit Dorset County Museum as many times as you like for just £28 a year. For more information on how to become a member Click Here

 Opening Times and Admissions

Opening Times

  • Monday to Saturday (April to the end of September) - 10am to 5pm

  • Sunday (April to the 16 September) - 10am to 4pm

  • 1 October 2018 to Summer 2020 - MUSEUM CLOSED (For more details Click Here)

Sometimes it is necessary to close galleries for special events or essential maintenance - please check with us in advance if you are coming a long way or to see something specific.

Museum entry prices 2018
Adult Standard
Child / Student
Children under 5
Disabled Standard
Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society Member
Family (1 adult + 2 children) Standard

 Access and Customer Care

We aim to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all our visitors and the widest possible access to our buildings, exhibitions and collections. There is disabled access to the ground floor and to the Jurassic Coast Gallery on the first floor via a lift.

For more details on getting to Dorset County Museum and getting around our building, please view of our Access Statement. This document is a written, clear, accurate, and above all honest description of our current facilities and the services we offer, to enable you to make an informed decision as to whether our business meets your particular access needs. 

Click here to read our Access Statement

Dorset County Museum is committed to ensuring a culture of customer care and good service provision at all levels of its organisation. To underpin this commitment, we have adopted a nine-point Customer Charter, which all staff and volunteers must observe and take responsibility for promoting. This has the overall objective of ensuring that we treat all visitors in a friendly, and courteous, responding to their questions knowledgeably and dealing with any issues that arise appropriately.

Click here to read our Customer Charter

 Getting Here

There is a set down point in front of Dorset County Museum but unfortunately we have no car park of our own. The nearest car park (including disabled parking) is the 'Top of Town’ car park just beyond the roundabout at the end of High West Street. The walk to the Museum is 500 metres and the route is signposted. Details on the locations of all Dorchester's car parks, their opening hours and charges can be found by visiting Dorset For You.

Dorchester's main bus stop is located directly outside the Dorset County Museum. Please contact Traveline for full details about service bus operators and route timetables.


Dorset County Museum is within easy walking distance of both Dorchester South Station (which is served by South West Trains running routes from and to London, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth) and Dorchester West Station (which is served by Great Western Railway running routes from and to Bristol, Castle Cary, Yeovil and Weymouth). Please contact National Rail Enquiries for full details about train operators and route timetables

 How to find us

Dorset County Museum, High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA

For more information: Tel: 01305 756827 or Contact Us

There are three main car parks in the town.  There is also a drop off point in front of the Museum.

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