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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 Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre to your Itinerary

    Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

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    Heritage/Visitor Centre

    SWANAGE

    The Museum and Heritage Centre is situated in the Old Market Building (built in the 1890's) on Swanage seafront on the site of the former 'Bankers' where the local quarried stone was stored before shipment. The Centre contains information on the history, geology and geography of the town and...

  2. Add Lyme Regis Museum to your Itinerary

    Lyme Regis Museum

    Type

    Museum

    LYME REGIS

    Built on the site of the family home of Lyme's renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the building is packed with fascinating displays on Lyme's history, its internationally important geology and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles. The museum also...

  3. Add Bridport Arts Centre to your Itinerary

    Bridport Arts Centre

    Type

    Arts Centre

    Bridport

    The Arts Centre in South Street is the cultural hub of Bridport. You’ll find a packed programme of world class theatre, music, dance, film, comedy, literature events and exhibitions. Expect a variety of quality performances and activities to attract young and old alike. Recent performers have...

  4. 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...

  5. 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.

  6. Add The Blue Pool to your Itinerary

    The Blue Pool

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Furzebrook, WAREHAM

    A unique attraction in the Isle of Purbeck.
    A chance to escape the outside world and enjoy walks around a magical Pool famous for its ever changing colours. Sandy Paths lead up steps to views of the Purbeck Hills or down steps to the waters edge. Giftshop, Museum and Plant Centre. The Teahouse...

  7. Add Dorset County Museum to your Itinerary

    Dorset County Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    Discover Dorset in depth at Dorset County Museum and explore the story of the county from prehistory to the present day. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. Add Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum to your Itinerary

    Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

    Type

    Museum

    DORCHESTER

    Story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs depicted on colourful hanging banners and 4 touch-screen computers. The story is told through the main characters in 4 chapters; 'Before the Arrest', 'The Oath and Betrayal', 'Transportation' and 'The Homecoming'. The interactive touch-screens feature around 4 hours...