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

Friends of Shaftesbury Abbey Museum Autumn Lecture 2017

‘The Art of Politics in 13th Century English Great Churches’

Dr Jonathan Foyle

Thursday 28 September

Shaftesbury Arts Centre


(Bar open for drinks from 6.30pm)

Tickets available from SAC 01747 854321 and Shaftesbury TIC 01747 853514

Adults £12, Students and FoSA £10