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Dorset Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Dorset...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Dorset Museums and Galleries

blank tabRED HOUSE MUSEUM & GARDENSMuseums & Galleries
Quay Road, Christchurch, Dorset, BH23 1BU
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CELEBRATING OUR 250th YEAR ANNIVERSARY IN 2014! A charming Georgian building filled with a rich variety of displays and objects, all with a local theme.

• Local History • Archaeology • Special Displays • Regular workshops and family activities • Temporary Exhibitions • Costume Gallery • Local Resource Room.

Relax in the aromatic walled Herb Garden featuring herbs and old-fashioned roses, and stroll through the woodland walk in the tranquil South Garden.

Gift shop. Coffee shop. Admission Free.
Tel: 01202 482860See our website

blank tabPOOLE MUSEUM - FREE ENTRYMuseums & Galleries
4 High Street, Poole, Dorset, BH15 1BW
Discover the Story of Poole - the Harbour, the Town and its People...Poole's full history is explored via four floors of galleries at Poole Museum.

Set in a Victorian quayside warehouse, the Museum's galleries tell the story of the historic maritime town of Poole and it's Harbour from prehistory to the 21st century.

Displays range from archaeology to art and pirates to potteries The Museum and temporary exhibitions are free of charge, and fully accessible. The Museum and temporary exhibitions are free of charge, and fully accessible. There is also a gift shop and café.

A range of family activities are held during most school holidays, for more details please contact us.
WiFi FacilitiesTel: 01202 262600
E-mail: museums@poole.gov.uk
Book online or find more info - POOLE MUSEUM - FREE ENTRY

blank tabTHE MILITARY MUSEUM OF DEVON & DORSETMuseums & Galleries
The Keep, Bridport Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1RN
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The military museum for The Devonshire Regiment, The Dorset Regiment, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, The Dorset Yeomanry, The Queen's Own Dorset Yeomanry, The Dorset Militia, The Royal Devon Yeomanry and 94 Field Regiment RA.
Tel: 01305 264066
E-mail: info@keepmilitarymuseum.org
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The Tank Museum

Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG
Tel: 01929 405096     E-mail: admin@tankmuseum.co.uk

 The Tank Museum brings history to life, with the world’s best collection of tanks and explosive live displays. See almost 300 vehicles as you explore five powerful exhibitions, including; 'The Tank Story', 'Battlegroup Afghanistan', 'The Discovery Centre', 'The Trench Experience', and new for 2014 'Warhorse to Horsepower'.

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Royal Signals Museum

Blandford Camp, Blandford Forum, Dorset, DT11 8RH
Tel: 01258 482248     E-mail: info@royalsignalsmuseum.com

The national museum of Army communications.

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The Dinosaur Museum

Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1EW
Tel: 01305 269880      E-mail: info@thedinosaurmuseum.com

Step back in time to the amazing world of the Dinosaur.

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Dorset County Museum

High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1XA
Tel: 01305 262735    Fax: 01305 257180
E-mail: enquires@dorsetcountymuseum.org

The main museum for Dorset, with exhibitions covering all aspects of local history.

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Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

Eastgate, Fordington, High East Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1JU
Tel: 01305 266040    Fax: 01303 268885

Teddy Bears throughout the ages are all on display at The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum.

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Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum

Tolpuddle, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7EH
Tel: 01305 848237    Fax: 01305 848237
E-mail: jpickering@tuc.org.uk

Tolpuddle Martyrs Museum tells the story of six Tolpuddle farm labourers, who were arrested on fake charges by a local squire, after forming a trade union.

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Tutankhamen Museum

High West Street, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 1UW
Tel: 01305 269 571    Fax: 01305 268 885

A museum dedicated to the  re-creation of Tutankhamun's tomb and treasures.

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Nothe Fort

Barrack Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 8UF
Tel: 01305 766626    Fax: 01305 766465

A restored Victorian fort built at the head of the Nothe Peninsula which forms one side of Weymouth Harbour whilst overlooking Portland Harbour to the south. Exhibitions include  items relating to; the history and defence of Portland Harbour, the life of a garrison soldier 1860 to 1960, the experiences of the civilian population of Weymouth during WW2 and the evolution of underwater weapons in Portland Harbour, with especial reference to torpedoes.

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The Mulberry Tree Gallery

57 High Street, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 2LT
Tel: 01929 423141     E-mail: info@mulberrytreegallery.co.uk

The gallery artwork includes pictures, sculpture, ceramics, glassware
and jewellery. Sources are national and internationally known artists, and also
professional artists from around the Isle of Purbeck and Dorset.

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