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

Vacancy - Project Manager: “A New Museum for Weymouth”

Weymouth Museum is now planning to move into a large‘designed for purpose’ space within the historic brewerybuilding adjacent to Weymouth Harbour

The Museum is looking for an experienced and highly motivated Project Manager to develop the project during the Development and Implementation phases.  The intention is that with the appointment of a suitable candidate the role will develop into the future Museum Manager/Curator with the opening of the Museum.

More information can be found here