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
Apr - Oct 10 to 5, Monday to Saturday (Sundays from 23 July to 10 Sept 2017) Nov - Mar 10 to 4, Monday to Saturday
Museum entry prices 2017 to 2018
2017 Christmas Opening Times
Saturday 23 December - 10am to 4pm
Monday 25 December - CLOSED
Tuesday 26 December - CLOSED
Wednesday 27 December - 10am to 4pm
Thursday 28 December - 10am to 4pm
Friday 29 December - 10am to 4pm
Saturday 30 December - 10am to 4pm
Monday 1 January - CLOSED
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.
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.
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.
With effect from Monday 4 December 2017, access to both the Victorian Hall and Dorchester Gallery will be restricted. We are commencing the decant of artefacts in preparation for Dippy's Arrival. We apologise for the disruption. For more information CLICK 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.