Dorset Museums

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  • Schoolchildren on a visit to Priest's House Museum
  • Visitors browse the exhibits at Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden
  • Visitors at the Red House Museum and Gardens

Welcome to the Dorset Museums website

There’s something for everyone in Dorset’s museums and galleries from the Victorian splendour of the Russell Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in the West to the amazing array of dinosaur fossils to be found in Lyme Regis Museum on the County’s eastern border.

This site provides a gateway to everything Dorset museums have to offer.
Find out more about all the museums near you or use the search function to plan a perfect day discovering Dorset’s fascinating history.

Planning a Fun Day for the Family or Scheduling a School Trip?
The Facilities and Learning sections on the museum information pages will help you discover which Dorset museums are best suited to your needs and interests.

Latest News

Museums Records Assistant

Fixed term contract for 6 months

Closing date: 5pm, Friday 23 February 2018

22.5 hours per week (flexible)

£8.00 per hour.

Bridport Museum is looking to appoint Records Assistant to help support a project to update catalogue records for objects in the Museum’s collection. The Records Assistant will be working alongside a small dedicated team of volunteers and staff to help improve the records of all museum objects. You will have an excellent eye for detail, be extremely efficient and accurate in your work, with the ability to work to deadlines. 

To request a full role profile, or informal chat about the role, please contact the Curator, Emily Hicks:

01308 458703 or