The Keep Military Museum respresents the honour, service and traditions of the following Regiments; Devonshire, Dorsetshire, Dorset, Devonshire & Dorset, and the associated Yeomanry of Devonshire and Dorset. The Keep is a Grade 2 listed building, built in 1879 to resemble a Norman gatehouse. The Museum is on four floors and in fine weather the roof is open for splendid views across Dorset. We have DVD/Video presentations, touch screen computers and a laser-mini battle system. Our archive and library are not open to the public unless by prior arrangement; however staff and volunteers will always try to help visitors with research queries.
April - September: Mon-Sat: 9.30am - 5pm. Last admn 4pm March - October: Tues-Sat: 9.30 - 5pm, Last admn 4pm Bank Holidays: 10am - 4pm. Last admn 3pm Closed: Sundays Mondays from 1st October - 31st March inclusive (with the exception of local half terms) Two week closure over Christmas and New Year.
Adult £6.50 Child (5-16 years) £2.50 Child (Under 5 years) FREE Senior Citizens (60 & over) £5.00 Full-time Students (ID required) £4.00 Family 2 Adults and up to 3 Children (5-16 years) £15.00 Regimental Association and serving members of the Rifles (ID required) FREE
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Facilities and services
- Education facilities available
- Facilities for private functions and events
- Mail order service available
- Meeting room available
- Toilets for disabled
- Wheelchair access to all public areas
We have full access for wheelchairs and push chairs, including a ramp, wide aisles, a lift and a disabled toilet. Our shop offer an on-line and mail order service for books, Museum and Regimental goods. We have a small car park next to the Museum, and a large public car park with coach park and cafe opposite us. The Museum also runs Battlefield Tours - please ring us for details.
- Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
- Events and resources for children and families
- Events/teaching/resources for people with disabilities
- General guide to collections available
- Object identification and/or written enquiry service
- Pre-booking service for groups
- Primary school education service available
- Secondary school education service available
- Specific wars and battles
- Sound Art
- South West
- Social History
- Military History
- military roles
- Napoleonic Wars
- Post 1945 Conflicts
- Victorian Wars
- World War I
- Battle of the Somme
- World War II
- war art
- arms and armour
- land warfare
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