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Museums at Night in Dorchester


All Six Museums in Dorchester
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The Keep Military Museum
Please note there will be no Museums at Night in 2015. Dorchester Comes Alive on Museums Night

The coming of May heralds the annual Museums at Night festival. The historic market town of Dorchester is endowed with a staggering six major museums, which makes it a must for a day out for any family and especially for a serious museumofile! On Museums at Night ­ Saturday 17th May 2014 ­ the six museums are joined by the Roman Town House and Max Gate for a special evening opening. One ticket gets admission to all 8 heritage venues and the cost is only £10 in advance for a family of up to 2 adults and 4 children, from 5pm-9pm and at Max Gate from 3.30pm-5.30pm.

'Museums at Night is great fun and Dorchester takes on a special atmosphere for the evening' said Tim Batty curator of The Dinosaur Museum 'the town comes alive at 5pm with families out to discover and explore the past and to enjoy themselves. All of the heritage venues are family friendly many with hands on and interactive displays, some are award winning and a few are unique.'

They focus on a fantastic range of topics and themes including ancient civilisations, Dorset¹s social and military history, prehistoric animals, literary Dorset, and teddy bears. Discover the wonders of Tutankhamun¹s tomb at the Tutankhamun Exhibition; journey through Dorset¹s rich past in the Dorset County Museum; explore the exciting world of dinosaurs in the Dinosaur Museum; view mosaic floors up close at the Roman Town House; cuddle up to a teddy bear at the enchanting Teddy Bear Museum; uncover Dorset¹s long and personal military past at the Keep Military Museum; marvel at the discovery of the eighth wonder of the ancient world at the Terracotta Warriors Museum; plus visit Thomas Hardy¹s home Max Gate where he wrote many of his great novels. It¹s a packed and fun filled family evening out.

Advance tickets at just £8 are on sale right up until the evening itself from any of the participating museums, the Dorchester Tourist Information Centre, and Max Gate. Tickets bought on the night are £12. For those who want to relax with a drink and a bite to eat on the evening, several cafes and restaurants in the centre of Dorchester are linking in with Museums at Night with special opening for those on the museum trail. If it¹s a clear evening be sure to check out the views from the roof of the Keep ­ they¹re fabulous.

On Museums at Night all venues are open from 5pm to 9pm. They are in the centre of Dorchester within easy walking distance of each other, and all the car parks are free after 6pm in Dorchester. Why not try and visit all the sites, as many did last year, and get a real flavour for what Dorchester has to offer for heritage attractions. Max Gate is open from 3.30pm to 5.30pm only, as a special preview to the evening. The Dorchester BID, Lamart and Humphries Kirk sponsor Museums at Night in Dorchester.

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Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Advance£10.00 per ticket
On the Night£12.00 per ticket

Price includes two adutls and up to four children.

From £10.00