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Dorset County Museum in Dorset

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The museum is an ideal place to come if you are visiting Dorset and a great place for local people to find out more about where they live. It is housed in a lovely gothic style building dating from 1884 with collections ranging from Roman Mosaics, Thomas Hardy manuscripts and fossils of dinosuar footprints.

History, archeology, geology and the natural sciences feature in the museum's galleries. There are video displays activity charts for children and an audio guide. The museum was founded in 1846.

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telephone: 01305 262735
address:  High West Street

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Opening Times

Dorset County Museum is open Monday to Saturday all year round from 10am to 5pm April to October and from 10am to 4pm November to March. We are also open from 10am to 4pm on the first four Sundays in August: 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th.

We are open on Easter, May Day, Whitsun and August Bank Holidays but closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Sometimes it is necessary to close galleries for special events or essential maintenance - please check in advance if you are coming a long way or to see something specific.

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Adult Gift Aid* Entry: 7.00 (includes free admission for up to 2 accompanying children aged 5 to 16 years)
Adult Standard Entry: 6.35 (includes free admission for up to 2 accompanying children aged 5 to 16 years)
Over 60 Gift Aid* Entry: 6.50 (includes free admission for up to 2 accompanying children aged 5 to 16 years)
Over 60 Standard Entry: 5.90 (includes free admission for up to 2 accompanying children aged 5 to 16 years)
Disabled Gift Aid Entry: 6.50 (includes one carer admitted free)
Disabled Standard Entry: 5.90 (includes one carer admitted free)
Child / Student Entry: 3.60
Children under 5 admitted free

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