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A lovely surprise when inside. Packed with interest

The entrance gives no indication of what a tardis this is. Superb display of fossils, Thomas Hardy... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tony F
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Good little museum - currently being refurbished

An interesting little museum with displays on Roman history of Dorchester plus the Jurassic Coast... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Sheffield, UK
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Discover 200 million years of Dorset's fascinating history in this beautiful Grade 11 Listed building which is much bigger on the inside than it looks! Collections include fine art, geology, archaeology, literature, the history of the world heritage...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
High West Street, Dorchester DT1 1XA, England
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The entrance gives no indication of what a tardis this is. Superb display of fossils, Thomas Hardy and other local authors, Roman history and much more. Superb value for half price £3.50.

Thank Tony F
Reviewed 3 days ago

An interesting little museum with displays on Roman history of Dorchester plus the Jurassic Coast. At the time of our visit, may of the upstairs rooms had been closed for refurbishment. The highlight was seeing the active archaeological excavation outside. Would have been good if...More

Thank Anarchon
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Came here in May to see Dippy, which was very good. Bits of museum closed then because of water coming in. Came back today. Other bits closed because of redevelopment. Harrumph! ☹️

Thank Vivelafrancetoday
Reviewed 1 week ago

Here we go again. Why does this museum need a refurbishment lasting TWO YEARS. The interior is fine and can attract families for another 10 years.

Thank Downbeat22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the variety and quirkiness of this museum. Even though I am a Hardy enthusiast, I am very pleased that the museum is not dominated by him but offers so much material on other writers. I like the paintings, the rural section and the...More

Thank Elaineh876
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is undergoing a major expansion, resulting that the archaeological section is closed currently. However, the Roman mosaics are still on display, as well as some other Roman finds. The museum is in a building build specifically to house the museum, and was later...More

Thank Katrien S
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We looked forward to seeing the displays of Jurassic coast palaeontology but they were perhaps a little disappointing. Better explanations of the processes of fossilisation and of the geological time scale would have been good, perhaps with maps and models. The sections on Dorset writers...More

Thank cmasb
Reviewed 25 June 2018

This museum is located in the very heart of the county town of Dorchester, Dorset. The building itself is worth a visit with a wonderful victorian main hall that recently was the first location in the UK to host the British museum diplodocus ,"Dippy on...More

Thank krakatoa56
Reviewed 19 June 2018

A must when visiting Dorset. Learn about past and present. The archaeology gallery is a must if you want to understand Dorsets landscape. The geology of Dorset is well explained and even the odd dinosaur pops up. A gallery devoted to Dorset authors. Many activities...More

Thank Cynthia H
Reviewed 19 June 2018

Well worth a visit. Free to see Dippy. Will return to see rest of museum. Easy location with parking nearby.

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11 April 2018|
Response from Sunny D |
no food is allowed in the museum itself but they do have a small tea room on site but think it does not permit your own food. There is always Borough Gardens a short walk away where you can take picnic and it also has a play... More
11 April 2018|
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Response from HollydayBear | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Go to the Borough Gardens, or down by the River Frome. Both have picnic tables and are great venues. Only 5-10 mins walk.
Tracey C
31 March 2018|
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Response from Bruce H | Reviewed this property |
You do not have to pay to see just Dippy. But if you want to view the whole museum then you do. When we went, although it was very busy we did not need to book. We were able to just go through. If you are time committed... More