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

Project Volunteers Needed for St Barbe Museum, Lymington

Are you interested in social history? As part of a wider project to explore the life and times of Lymington personality, Admiral Sir Harry Burrard Neale, the museum is looking for research volunteers to specifically focus on the theme of Women in Lymington Society - Lady Neale and the wider community.

Good written and verbal communication skills are required as well as an eye for detail and a methodical approach to tasks. If you would like more information please contact Dr Pam Walker, Project Lead Investigator at