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Dorset's rich historical roots are displayed through its wide collection of museums 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 galleries here in Dorset.
For days out that pack a punch, you’ll be pleased to know that some of the South West’s top attractions are right here in Dorset.
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.
And if you are looking for a museum that really brings history to life, the Tank Museum’s live tank action displays and interactive exhibitions will thrill both young and old.
Find out about the fascinating history of Christchurch at the Red House Museum.
Step into a bygone age and experience the charm and harsh reality of life in the workhouse when children worked from dawn to dusk making watch parts.
The Gold Hill Museum has an award-winning cottage garden and wonderful views over Thomas Hardy’s Blackmore Vale.
At the top of picturesque Gold Hill, this modern museum tells the story of rural and town life, starting even before Shaftesbury’s notional foundation by Alfred the Great
For a relaxing afternoon, take a picnic to Sturminster Newton Mill and enjoy a country walk, the riverside views and a guided tour of the Mill.
In Dorset we have an eclectic collection of museums that dedicate themselves to some wonderful themes.
In Dorchester, you can learn all about the young Pharaoh Tutankhamun at the Tutankhamun Museum with stunning replicas that transport you to Ancient Egypt.
Also in the county town you can visit the house of Edward Bear at the Teddy Bear Museum. Young children will love the larger than life teddy bears, each with their own story to tell.
On the Somerset border, the Montacute TV, Toy and Radio Museum has a fantastic assortment of nostalgic memorabilia from all your favourite TV shows. Just beware of the daleks!
If you’re looking to book somewhere to stay you will find the very best selection with Visit Dorset.
Luxury hotels, home-from-home guest houses and beautiful bell tents, it’s all to choose from.
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Archaeology, natural history, and geology of Dorset. Local and agricultural history displays. Gallery of Dorset's writers, including Thomas Hardy's study reconstruction. Up to 2 accompanied children go free, each additional child £1
The Keep is the Military Museum of Devon and Dorset. Housed in an extraordinary castle-like building, the collection spans 300 years of history over 4 floors. You can walk through a World War One trench, try on uniforms and discover the amazing...
The world's greatest discovery of Ancient Treasure - Tutankhamun's tomb, treasures and mummy are superbly recreated in this internationaly renowned exhibition - spanning time itself.
We are very excited about 2016 - if you love the sand sculptures on the beach, you will absolutely love SandWorld.
Fossils, skeletons, life-size dinosaur reconstructions plus hands-on and multimedia displays provide great family fun at this award winning museum.
The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays.
Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare spanning over 100 years of history. Exploring eight powerful exhibitions, you will...
Visit 5 great attractions in Dorchester for the price of 2*. Where else in the world could you see dinosaurs, Tutankhamun and mummies, teddy bears, and the terracotta army with one ticket in one town.
Visit this unique family museum with its evocative and atmospheric displays of teddy bears from throughout the last century
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...
Sturminster Newton museum is housed in an historic and attractive building of 16th C origin situated in the town centre.
The Museum stands in the heart of the town, where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet. Built on the site of the family home of Lyme's renowned fossilist Manry Anning, the building has great idiosyncratic charm.
Sherborne Museum is housed in what used to be the gatehouse and almonry of the monastery once associated with the Abbey.
Founded over 1000 years ago by King Alfred the Great, Shaftesbury is one of England’s most charming and historic market towns, famous for its picturesque Gold Hill (of Hovis fame!), with extensive views of the unspoilt Dorset landscape.
Nostalgic trip through the World of radio and TV programmes guaranteed to bring memories of classic TV and radio flooding back just off the A303 in Somerset
The Town Mill is a unique mix of working watermill, art galleries and creative artisanal businesses. Centred around a beautiful mediaeval cobbled courtyard and featuring a landscaped ‘Miller’s Garden’, the Town Mill is one of Lyme Regis’ leading...
Award winning visitor attraction offering low cost entry & great value come rain or shine.
Built by the Victorians to protect Portland Harbour, Nothe Fort is one of the best preserved forts of its kind.
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...
Gold Hill Museum and Garden can be found at the top of picturesque Gold Hill, with its steeply inclined cottages and cobbled surface. The hill has featured in countless calendars and in the perennially popular Hovis “Boy on a Bike” advert filmed by...
At Donkey Walking in Dorset we invite you to spend a morning or afternoon with one of our friendly donkeys to experience what it would be like to have your own!
Practice getting him ready and enjoy the relaxing experience walking with him along...
Sturminster Newton Mill is one of the few remaining working mills in Dorset and is part of a series of ancient flour mills built on the River Stour.