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Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

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The Dorset County Museum is located in Dorchester, Dorset, England. Founded in 1846, the museum covers the county of Dorset's history and environment. The current building was built in 1881 on the former site of the George Inn. The building was designed specifically to house the museum's collection and is in the neo-Gothic style.

The museum includes information and over 2 million artifacts associated with archaeology (e.g., Maiden Castle), geology (e.g., the Jurassic Coast), history, local writers (e.g. Thomas Hardy) and natural science. There are video displays, activity carts for children, and an audio guide. The collections include fossilised dinosaur footprints, Roman mosaics and original Thomas Hardy manuscripts.

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  • I visited the museum before it was closed for a major renovation in2019/20. There is a small temporary exhibition in Brewery square. The lottery funded changes should produce a great museum focussing....  more »
  • We visited while the museum was getting ready to shut for building and refurbishment work. Entry was free and we really did not expect much. It was clear to see that this must have once been an...  more »
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  • Museum is closed for modernisation and refurbishment, so can't say at the moment. But, have visited it a lot over the years . Good value for money. Dippy the dinosaur started her tour from there. Amazing
  • Closed this year opening in summer 2020. Bit disappointed as drove into Dorchester specifically as this was recommended in a lot of Dorset guides with no mention of closure until we arrived.

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