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One of the doll houses in the Marsden Room

Diana Ruth Wilson drawing

Viburnum Lantana drawing by Diana Ruth Wilson

Welcome to Sherborne Museum

family-friendly and free!

We are located centrally 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.

As a registered charity we have independent status and we were the first volunteer-run museum in Dorset to be awarded full Accreditation.

Museum front
Summer Winter Admission

Tuesday 22 March to Thursday 15 December 2016

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: After Thursday 15 December 2016

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

Please note that we are closed throughout January

Admission Charges 2016

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

Admission is now FREE to all, although donations are very welcome.

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

We also have an “earlybird scheme” where families with children on the autism spectrum can arrange to visit the Museum between 8.30-10.30 am on their own terms. There is a social narrative to assist with preparation.

Contact details:

Sherborne Museum
Church Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)1935 812 252


Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
President: Katherine Barker
Chairman: Barry Brock
Curator:   Elisabeth Bletsoe
Registered charity no. 306251
Silk Moth!
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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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