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



FREE entry to Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum's Victorian Gallery taken at last years Museum at Night Event

Dorset County Museum’s Victorian Gallery taken at last years Museum at Night Event © DCM

Dorset County Museum will be closing its main hall, the Victorian Gallery, for one week only from Monday 20th January. This is to enable major repairs to be carried out to the original Victorian wooden floor which has suffered damage from many years of visitors’ feet and general wear and tear.

The good news is that the Museum will not need to close its other galleries, and entry will be free of charge for the whole week to take account of the disruption which will inevitably follow from the works.

So for people wanting a free visit to the Museum (but happy to miss out on one section) this is an excellent opportunity to save some much needed money after Christmas! Entry will therefore be completely FREE to all visitors for one week only, from Monday 20th to Saturday 25th January. It is envisaged that the Museum will be fully open again from Monday 27th January.

The Museum‘s gift shop and popular tea room will be unaffected by the work and visitors are always welcome to come in for a look around and sit down with a cup of tea. In addition the current exhibition, The Heart that Fed, will also be open and many of the paintings and sculptures on show there are still for sale.

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

Museum Temporary Closure

Dorset County MuseumDorset County Museum to close from Monday 4 February to Friday 8 February 2013 for essential maintenance.

Dorset County Museum will be closed for five days from Monday 5th to Friday 8th February in order for essential maintenance work to be carried out.  As the majority of the work involves the main gallery of the Museum, the Victorian Hall and also the Dorchester Gallery, the decision has been made to close the Museum to all but essential staff during this time.

The Museum will be open as usual on both Saturday 2nd and Saturday 9th February from 10am to 4pm.

Director of Dorset County Museum, Jon Murden said, “We never like having to close the Museum but this essential work will enable us to make major improvements to the building which will benefit everyone in the long term.”