Best Museums and Art Galleries In Dorset

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Dorset in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 79 Dorset museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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The Tank Museum

  • Bovington Camp
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Tank Museum in Bovington Dorset houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks to t...

Dorset Teddy Bear Museum

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Dorset Teddy Bear Museum is Dorchester's frankly unmissable family museum, with Edward Bear and his own family of people sized bears, set around...

The Dinosaur Museum

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Dinosaur Museum is all about having a roaring good time! It’s unique in that it’s the only British museum devoted solely to dinos with skeletons,...

The Tutankhamun Exhibition

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The marvellous Tutankhamun Exhibition features meticulously recreations of the infamous Tutankhamun's major treasures, wherever possible done in thei...

The Keep Military Museum

  • Dorchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Keep Military Museum is a striking landmark on the Bridport Road in Dorchester. Completed in 1879, it was designed to resemble a Norman Castle, a...

Model Town at Wimborne Minster3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Wimborne Minster
  • Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Wimborne Minster Model Town was built well over 50 years ago and the superb 1/10th scale models continue to surprise and amaze visitors from all over...

Gold Hill Museum and Garden

  • Shaftesbury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Gold Hill Museum and Garden Local life and history are portrayed here through artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the tow...

Poole Museum and Scaplens Court museum

  • Poole
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Poole Museum gives you and the kids a great opportunity to discover the colourful history of this ancient port town and the people who lived there. T...

Nothe Fort

  • Weymouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

You don't have to be a military enthusiast to enjoy Nothe Fort, it's a great day out for all the family with lots to see and explore, so why not come...

Weymouth Museum

  • Weymouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Go back in time and discover the history of Dorset at Weymouth Museum. Explore the galleries and exhibitions and we’re certain you’ll find something...

Portland Museum

  • Isle Of Portland
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Portland Museum is an interesting and friendly little museum with a lot more to see than you would believe from the size. Today the Museum houses man...

Visit Hillbrush

  • Mere
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Established in 1922 the Hillbrush Company has too rich of a history to be hidden from the public and this is all on display for you to see at the vis...

Haynes International Motor Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Yeovil
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The prestigious Haynes International Motor Museum at Sparkford in Somerset offers an excellent day out for everyone. With more than 400 cars and bike...

Bournemouth Aviation Museum

  • Christchurch
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

What kid wouldn't want to sit at the controls of a real aircraft? Well here, there is a fab lot of military and civilian planes. Loads of other flyin...

Fleet Air Arm Museum

  • Ilchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The regal Fleet Air Arm Museum is devoted to the flying arm of the Royal Navy, and holds many thousands of objects, ranging from complete aircraft, t...

Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum3.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Montacute
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum Like a Tardis, Montacute TV Radio Toy Museum opens up to display what is probably the largest collection of toys, books...

The Roman Baths

  • Bath
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Step into the world of Ancient Rome at the historic Roman Baths! Take your little ones on a journey through time and walk in the footsteps of the Rom...

Beaulieu

  • Brockenhurst
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Make like royalty deep in the heart of the New Forest;  Beaulieu is an award-winning day out packed with motors and a magnificent Palace House. Get s...

Crewkerne and District Museum

  • Crewkerne
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Crewkerne and District Museum is dedicated to the history of this beautiful market town and the local area, covering a number of aspects, from indust...

Breamore House and Museum

  • Breamore
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Breamore House and Museum Life in a typical village like Breamore can be relived in the Breamore Countryside Museum which provides a fascinating insi...

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