The Museum is in two buildings on the Abbey site. The Old Schoolroom is part of Dorchester Abbey’s 14th-century former Guest House and displays illustrations, maps and artefacts reflecting the history of Dorchester and its locality which have been continuously inhabited for over 6000 years. It also houses an archive of Dorchester’s history, available for inspection and research by arrangement, and a souvenir and gift shop. The Cloister Gallery is housed in a pentice built against the north wall of the Abbey in 2001. The gallery, shortlisted for the Gulbenkian Prize 2006, displays a permanent exhibition ‘If Stones Could Speak ……’ which tells the story of the Abbey through its collection of worked medieval stone.
Old Schoolroom Exhibits; Easter to end September Daily 14.00 - 17.00 Cloister Gallery; all year, daily, 08.00 - 18.00
Admission free; suggested donation £2.00
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Facilities and services
- Education facilities available
- Picnic area
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to some public areas
Cafeteria (Tea Room only) is open at weekends and Bank Holidays from 22 March to 30 September; also on Wed and Thurs from mid-May
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Guided tours
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
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