The Dorset County Museum, in Dorchester, was founded in 1846 to help protect and record the county's unique historical and natural environment. The Museum is housed in a gothic-style building which dates from 1884. Its diverse collections include Ancient British artifacts, Roman mosaics, original Thomas Hardy manuscripts and fossilised dinosaur footprints. The collections include over a million archaeological finds, from the Iron and Bronze Ages to the later medieval period and the most important of these are on display in the Archaeology Gallery.
The Museum is well presented and will be fascinating to all ages and with a with a wide range of interest.