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The local museum of life in Jurassic West Dorset showcasing work, hobbies and inventions from the Stone Age to the present. Something for all the family to enjoy.

Beaminster Museum

is a converted chapel in the heart of West Dorset, taking you on a journey deep into the history of a small market town and its nearby villages.

Your steady passage through countless generations of traditional rural craftsmen, agricultural labourers and flax dressers will be rocked by the awful excitement of fires, floods and warfare. You may spot hunters, older even than Neanderthals, who left behind their rough tools, before you finally arrive at the farthest reaches of your imagination in a warm, shallow Jurassic sea, teeming with ammonites.

Younger visitors will enjoy the many Do & Learn activities – from tracking down bees to dressing up as farmhands or parlourmaids and tackling a variety of puzzles – and there is also a well-stocked shop.

Exploring fossilsOpening times

Easter until the end of October: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays & Bank Holidays 10.30 am – 4.00 pm
Sundays  2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

The museum will be closed for the 2020 season owing to Covid-19. We provisionally plan to re-open on Good Friday 2021. 


Adults:  £2
Students (16 and over)  £1
Accompanied children (under 16)  FREE


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