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MAKING DORSET PROUD

With your support we can create a world-class contemporary museum and exhibition space.

Tomorrow's Museum will have new galleries, a learning centre, collections storage, library, excellent visitor facilities including a café and shop. Help us ensure the long-term future of our valued and award-winning institution. 

DIPPY IS COMING TO DORSET

A Natural History Adventure

10 February - 8 May 2018

The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus, known as Dippy, is touring the UK from early 2018.  And we’re thrilled to have been selected from hot competition as his first stop on that tour!

Coming to see Dippy will be a free and unique opportunity, so advanced booking is strongly advised as we expect this to be one popular exhibition.  You’ll be able to book online in the Autumn.

MAJOR EXHIBITION

Under the Surface: Paintings and carvings by David West

8 April 2017 - 6 January 2018

For the very first time this exhibition brings together 70 of David West’s most important works from both private and public collections. Spanning sixty years, it reflects the different strands of his development as a painter, sculptor and craftsman, deftly illustrating the progression and interaction between his use of paint and wood, in what is a landmark exhibition for this Dorset artist.

MUSEUM BLOG

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____________________________________________________________________________ EXPLORING THE MUSEUM

ANCIENT DORSET GALLERY

This newly refurbished gallery displays many archaeological artefacts from the county's past including the Viking Mass Burial from the Ridgeway Hill near Weymouth

JURASSIC COAST GALLERY

See 'The World's Biggest Bite' and meet Dorset’s real dinosaurs in the Jurassic Coast Gallery. Learn all about  the giant creatures that once roamed the lands and seas which existed before Dorset was even created.

VICTORIAN GALLERY

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 floors.

WRITERS' DORSET

Visit Thomas Hardy’s study, see the recently acquired Hardy Players’ Theatre, absorb the atmosphere in the room dedicated to poet William Barnes and explore the lives and works of all Dorset’s literary greats.

OBJECT IDENTIFICATION SURGERY

Bring your ’mystery’ objects along to one of our three sessions per week and our enquiries team will do their best to provide an identification for you on the spot wherever possible

SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION SERVICE

Dorset County Museum's programme for schools is designed to be challenging and reflect the joy of discovery. We use skilled practitioners to deliver a programme that is creative, fun and hands on.

CAREERS

See all the latest job vacancies and opportunities at the Dorset County Museum

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Latest events and activities

25/10/2017

DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM MUSIC SOCIETY EVENING CONCERT

Busch Piano Trio performing Mozart, Brahms and Schubert
26/10/2017

LITERARY LIVES

Hardy and Sex Education by Dr Karin Koehler
15/11/2017

DORSET COUNTY MUSEUM MUSIC SOCIETY EVENING CONCERT

Tim Kliphuis Trio 10th Anniversary Concert
01/12/2017

ARCHAEOLOGY UNEARTHED

The Land and The Sea 4000 – 1600 BC by Richard Bradley, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology, Reading University