FREE entry to Dorchester County Museum extended

Dorset County Museum Victorian Gallery

The restoration of the parquet floor in the Victorian Gallery © DCM 2014

There is a bonus for visitors to Dorset County Museum, as continuing work in the Victorian Gallery means two more days of FREE entry.

Although the major work has now been completed, the special finish applied to the wooden flooring needs a further 72 hours to dry. The Victorian Gallery will therefore have to remain closed to visitors for an additional two days next week. All other galleries are open and the current exhibition of paintings and sculpture, The Heart That Fed, runs until 1st February.
Entry to the Museum will be completely FREE until 4pm on Tuesday 28th January, so don’t miss this special opportunity to view the collections and galleries.  The shop and tea room are also open.

Jon Murden, director of Dorset County Museum said,

“The work is largely finished but the protective coating needs a bit longer to dry completely. We hope everyone will notice a huge difference when they see the new floor, and it will provide the gallery with all the protection it needs for many years.  The floor has now been returned to its original splendour as envisaged in George Crickmay’s mind in 1883.  The mosaics are set off spectacularly.” He added, “Visitors will still be able to see most of the Victorian Gallery from the Dorchester Gallery above it – so this opportunity is too good to miss.  ”

Museum hours are 10.00am to 4.00pm, Monday to Saturday.

For further information contact the Museum on 01305 262735 or check the website on