The Dorset County Museum
Dorset County Museum is, in effect, the Museum of Dorset. Inside this family-friendly museum you will find displays of Dorset history from the earliest times including archaeology, geology and famous figures from the past. The impressive Victorian Hall features beautiful Roman mosaics while the Dorchester Gallery follows the 6,000 year time-line of Dorchester.
Find out about the nearby Jurassic Coast through exciting interactive presentations covering all 95 miles of this famous World Heritage Site. Don't miss the huge pliosaur skull!
The early history of Dorset is traced through thousands of objects excavated from barrows and hillforts including Neolithic axe-heads, Bronze Age ornaments and Iron Age warriors.
Learn about the life and work of Dorset's best-loved writer, Thomas Hardy, and discover more about rural life in Georgian and Victorian times by taking a walk through a traditional blacksmith's forge, a working barn and the interior of a simple cottage.