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Dorset County Museum

Dorset County Museum is an independent museum. Owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, it receives financial support from Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council.

Open to anyone with an interest in Dorset's past to join, the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society is an educational charity with around 2000 members. The history of the Society and its Museum can be traced back to the mid 19th century, and its mission today is:

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Monkey World
Monkey World
Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 250 primates. Monkey World was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a permanent, stable home.
Jurassic Coast
Jurassic Coast
The layers of sedimentary rock along the Jurassic Coast can be read like a book. They reveal the history of Earth across 185 million years and form a near complete record of the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods.
Tank Museum
Tank Museum
Our exhibitions tell the story of armoured warfare from World War One to the present day. As you explore the Museum's six large halls you will come face to face with vehicles that have seen action in all the major wars.
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle
Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name on the Isle of Purbeck in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.
Sculpture by the Lakes
Sculpture by the Lakes
Nestled in 26 acres of Dorset's glorious countryside lies Sculpture by the Lakes, an oasis for art lovers and collectors alike created by renowned sculptor Simon Gudgeon and his wife, Monique.
Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia
Thomas Edward Lawrence, CB, DSO (16 August 1888 19 May 1935) was a British archaeologist, military officer, diplomat, and writer. He was renowned for his liaison role during the Sinai and Palestine Campaign and the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.
National Trust
National Trust
The National trust in Dorset features some of its finest properties, coastline reserves and castles. Most properties are within half an hours drive from us and are ideal for a day outing.
Dorset County Museum
Dorset County Museum
Dorset County Museum is an independent museum. Owned and managed by the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, it receives financial support from Dorset County Council and West Dorset District Council.
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