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Dorset County Museum

Located in the centre of Dorchester this award winning museum is one of the cultural centres of Dorset.

It has a trip advisor certificate of excellence award and contains six galleries which together represent over 200 million years of Dorset’s past.

Lives of Ancient Britons

Dorset is rich in archaeology and the new Ancient Dorset Gallery shows how the ancient peoples of Dorset lived and died on the South Dorset Ridgeway.

The lives of the Britons, Romans, Saxons and Vikings are set out in chronological order to reveal fascinating facts on their daily lives. There are gold neck rings (torcs), Roman coins and beautiful mosaics relaid on the ground floor and wall of the museum.

Jurassic Coast

The Jurassic Coast Gallery contains fossils from the famous Jurassic Coastline. It features the incredible jaw and skull of a pliosaur, which has the title of the "World’s biggest bite". This fossil pliosaur is one of the largest and best preserved found anywhere in the world.

Local Writers & Poets

The other galleries feature famous Dorset writers and poets, Rural Dorset , a Victorian Gallery and one on Dorchester itself. At the centre of the museum is a reconstruction of Hardy’s study at Max Gate together with his books and furniture including his desk and pens.

There are a wealth of treasures and exhibitions at the museum which change frequently. You are sure to find activities and exhibits to absorb the whole family with plenty of children’s activities.


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Dorset County Museum Postcode for SatNav: DT1 1XA


+44 (0)1305 756 827

66 High West Street

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