Art Exhibition

10th January to 14th March 2015

Dorset: A Contemporary Response is the annual art exhibition from Bournemouth Arts Club.

Katherine Hardy's Dress

The stunning red bustle dress worn by Thomas Hardy’s sister Katherine now on display in the Museum’s Writers Gallery.


Dorset's Church Treasure

Don't miss our temporary exhibition Dorset's Church Treasure. The display tells the story of Christianity for over 2000 years. Pieces include the Coombe Keynes Chalice from the Victoria and Albert Museum - an object of huge national importance.

Museum News

The Archaeology Gallery at Dorset County Museum is currently being worked on as part of a major redevelopment project. When the Gallery reopens in 2015 the new displays will include the Viking Mass Burial from the Weymouth Ridgeway recently showcased at the British Museum. Museum staff would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused while the work is taking place.

Ancient Dorset Gallery

Dorset County Museum has ambitious plans for its future development, with new galleries, learning spaces and collections stores. Find out more about these ideas and how we need your support to help secure a future for Dorset's past.

See 'The World's Biggest Bite' and meet Dorset’s real dinosaurs in the Jurassic Coast Gallery. Learn all about  the giant creatures that once roamed the lands and seas which existed before Dorset was even created.

Dig down into the Archaeology Gallery, which will lead you on a tour from prehistoric to Roman Dorset, and see the skeletons of ancient Britons brutally slain at Maiden Castle.

Visit the nostalgic and atmospheric Victorian Gallery, one of the few places in Europe you can follow in the footsteps of ancient Romans by actually walking on Roman mosaic floors.

Visit Thomas Hardy’s study, see the recently acquired Hardy Players’ Theatre, absorb the atmosphere in the room dedicated to poet William Barnes and explore the lives and works of all Dorset’s literary greats.


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Latest events and activities


Archaeology Lecture: The Roman Invasion of Britain

Lecture by Mark Corney

Geology Lecture: Mr Smith’s Amazing Map

Lecture by Tom Sharpe

Art Talk. Kingston Lacy’s Paintings

Lecture by Helen Lange

Mike Denham Speak Easy Night

Classic jazz duets with star guest Ben Cummings (trumpet)

Lunchtime Concert with Thomas Hardye School

Music performed by Thomas Hardye Students