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The Tank Museum

The Tank Museum

Bovington

Dorset Museums & Mills

Dorset's rich historical roots are displayed through its wide collection of museums and watermills dotted across the county. From impressive military exhibitions to traditional thatched breweries; charming collections to historic birthplaces, you will find a fantastic variety of museums and mills throughout the county.

The family will have a great day out at the Fleet Air Arm Museum the world's second largest naval aviation museum. If you’re visiting Dorchester, don’t miss the Dorset County Museum with exhibitions on the Jurassic Coast, Thomas Hardy and much more. Find out about the fascinating history of Christchurch at the Red House Museum or take a nostalgic trip along the Swanage Railway.

Dorset's watermills make a great day out for a picturesque riverside visit. Set in the peaceful rural valley, Mangerton Mill is a 17th Century working watermill and museum. Afterwards take a walk riverside or enjoy a Dorset cream tea. Take a picnic to Sturminster Newton Mill and enjoy a country walk, the riverside views and a tour of the Mill.

Take a look at the full list below of Dorset's museums and watermills and plan your break today.

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  1. Add Beaulieu National Motor Museum to your Itinerary

    Beaulieu National Motor Museum

    Type

    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    Near Brockenhurst

    At the heart of the New Forest, Beaulieu is a multi-award winning family day out with something for everyone.

    With free on-site parking, one great value family ticket grants access to four stunning attractions:

    The National Motor Museum
    With over 250 vehicles in its world famous collection,...

  2. Add Terracotta Warriors Museum to your Itinerary

    Terracotta Warriors Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The only museum outside China exclusively dedicated to the amazing Terracotta Warriors. Unique museum replicas of the warriors, reconstructions of costumes and armour and multimedia presentations.

  3. Add Haynes International Motor Museum to your Itinerary

    Haynes International Motor Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Sparkford, Yeovil

    The Haynes International Motor Museum is the UK’s largest exhibition of great cars from around the world. A living and working museum, with over 400 amazing cars and bikes from nostalgic classics of the 50’s and 60’s, glorious Bentleys and Rolls Royces to exciting super cars of today, like the...

  4. Add The Teddy Bear Museum to your Itinerary

    The Teddy Bear Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    .Visit this unique family museum with its evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century. From the earliest teddy bears right up until today’s TV favourites they are all there to be seen and enjoyed. The museums oldest bear is called Michael as was made in 1906...

  5. Add The Dinosaur Museum to your Itinerary

    The Dinosaur Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The only museum on mainland Britain solely devoted to dinosaurs, the award-winning Dinosaur Museum is a treat, especiallly for children. The musuem combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Multimedia displays tell the...

  6. Add Shire Hall Dorset to your Itinerary

    Shire Hall Dorset

    Type

    Historic Site

    DORCHESTER

    Shire Hall Dorset, contains the Georgian Crown court and Cells below which saw the trial of the Tolpuddle Martyrs in 1834, and it witnessed thousands of other trails until its closure in 1955. Time has stood still inside the Grade 1 listed courtroom and cells, which appear now almost as they did in...

  7. Add The Tutankhamun Exhibition to your Itinerary

    The Tutankhamun Exhibition

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    The Tutankhamun Exhibition allows the visitor to experience the magnificence and wonder of the world's greatest discovery of ancient treasure. Be there at the discovery with Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon, and share in their excitment. Explore the ante-chamber filled with treasures including...

  8. Add Wareham Town Museum to your Itinerary

    Wareham Town Museum

    Type

    Museum

    WAREHAM

    Archaeology, pictorial collection of Lawrence of Arabia. Also display of many artefacts relating to the town itself. Agricultural, industrial and domestic implements from the past. Contained in 1 exhibition area.

  9. Add The Tank Museum to your Itinerary

    The Tank Museum

    Type

    Museum

    BOVINGTON, Wareham

    The Tank Museum brings the history of tanks and tank crews to life, supported by the world's best collection of tanks, and action packed live displays during the school holidays.

    Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning almost 100 years of history. As you explore the museum's...

  10. Add Fleet Air Arm Museum to your Itinerary

    Fleet Air Arm Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Ilchester

    As much an ‘attraction’ as it is a ‘museum’, the Fleet Air Arm Museum is where Museum meets theatre. You’ll ‘fly’ by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS ARK ROYAL where you‘ll see fighter aircraft and two enormous projection screens showing a Phantom interceptor...