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Items from The Antelope, one of the town’s major coaching-inns. One of our Curator’s Top Ten exhibits

Diana Ruth Wilson drawing

Viburnum Lantana drawing by Diana Ruth Wilson

Welcome to Sherborne Museum!

We are centrally located in the heart of this beautiful Dorset town and occupy what was formerly the Almonry belonging to the Abbey, now a grade II listed building.   A registered charity (no.306251), the Museum has independent status and was the first volunteer-run museum in Dorset to receive full Accreditation.

Museum front

Tuesday 31 March to Thursday 17 December 2015

Tue10:30am to 4:30pm
Wed10:30am to 4:30pm
Thu10:30am to 4:30pm
Fri10:30am to 4:30pm
Sat10:30am to 4:30pm
Sun10am to 1pm, 4th Sunday each month in conjunction with ‘The Big Little Market’

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing

Winter opening: Until Tuesday 31 March 2015

Tue10:30am to 12:30pm
Thu10:30am to 12:30pm

Please note that we are closed throughout January

Admission Charges 2015

Children up to 18Free
Museum Association MembersFree
Disabled (plus a carer)Free
Teachers accompanying school visitsFree

New! Free admission for all from 31 March to 25 May 2015

Abbey Festival Opening: We will be open on Sunday 3 May from 10am to 1pm to complement the Sherborne Abbey Festival, which runs from Friday 1 to Tuesday 5 May 2015. For further details of our special openings and events please see our Forthcoming Events page.

Out of hours visits may also be arranged.   The curator and research team are generally available on Tuesday and Thursday mornings for appointments or drop-in queries. Otherwise please phone us on 01935 812252 or leave your question at

Mission Statement
Our mission is to increase public awareness, appreciation and understanding of Sherborne's natural, historic and cultural heritage through the acquisition, preservation and display of a unique collection of items that are particularly relevant to the area.

We will play an active role in the community, creating a centre of inspiration, education and enjoyment for all, while providing excellent standards of customer service and facilitating both physical and intellectual access. Bearing in mind our commitment to future generations, our policies will be governed by the principles of resilience and sustainability.

At all times we will strive to maintain our Accredited status.

Silk Moth!
Find the 7 Silk Moths hidden around our website pages!
President: Katherine Barker
Chairman: Barry Brock
Curator:   Elisabeth Bletsoe


We are supported by our Members' Association, West Dorset District Council, Dorset County Council, Sherborne Town Council, the former MLA and the current Arts Council England to all of whom we extend our appreciation and gratitude.

Arts Council England Dorset County Council West Dorset District Council

Dorset Museums Association

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