Dorset County Museum


High West Street

Opening times

Apr-Oct Mon-Sat 10am-5pm
Nov-Mar Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
Other openings see website.


Adults Gift Aid £7.00
Adults Standard £6.35
Over 60 Gift Aid £6.50
Over 60 Standard £5.90
All above include 2 accompanying children 5-16yrs FREE
Disabled Gift Aid £6.50
Disabled Standard £5.90
Both above include one carer FREE
Child/Student £3.60
Children under 5yrs FREE


tel: 01305 262735
e: email us


  • Jurassic Coast Gallery
  • History of Dorset
  • Local Literature
  • Archaeology Gallery
  • Geology Gallery
  • Wildlife Gallery
  • Gift shop & Tea Room
  • Hardy's Study
  • Roman Mosaic Floors

Do check the museum website for the latest information before visiting.

About the museum

Closed for building works & refurbishment reopening summer 2020

Dorset's award winning County Museum situated in High West Street, Dorchester is your first port of call for information about Thomas Hardy, a host of other Dorset literary figures, the Jurassic Coast, the county's history and much more. There is also a continuous programme of special exhibitions in the ground floor Exhibition Gallery.

This the perfect starting point for an exploration of Dorchester and the surrounding area. Discover Dorchester's amazing history from Maiden Castle to Judge Jeffreys and the Tolpuddle Martyrs.

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