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Welcome to
Sherborne Museum

Family-friendly and free!

Museum front

Sponsored object

Abbey School Rocking Horse

(One of the 24 objects we have
in our adoption scheme)

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 by the Arts Council.

Summer Winter Admission

Tuesday 7 April to Thursday 10 December 2020

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

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing

*Open on Bank Holiday Mondays
from 10:30am to 1pm

Winter opening: From 2 December 2019 to 6 April 2020

Tue10:30am to 1:30pm*
Thu10:30am to 1:30pm*
Sat10:30am to 1:30pm*

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing

* Please note that we are closed until the end of January

Admission Charges 2020

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.

The museum is currently closed due to unforeseen circumstances

We are very sorry for any inconvenience but in view of the current situation we have made the decision to close the museum temporarily. The roof of the WC is leaking which has affected the electrical circuits which have to remain switched off until the roof is fixed. This means we have no hot water so that the recommended hand washing cannot be carried out. We feel we have a responsibility to volunteers and visitors to provide good hygiene, particularly at this time, so the museum will remain closed at least until this problem is dealt with.

We will be closely monitoring advice from the Government and from Public Health England to assess when it is prudent to re-open. Thank you for your patience.


Stories to ignite the imagination

Download our handy A4 leaflet to help plan your visit (PDF)

Out of hours visits may also be arranged.   We 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.

School visits are generally best on Mondays when the museum is closed to the general public, and should be staggered in groups of not more than 20; contact Our exciting loans boxes are also available free for up to half a term.

Queries and Donations of items.
We welcome an active interest in the collections and encourage research into Sherborne’s rich heritage. Please contact us to arrange mutually convenient appointments - see also our Research Policy and arrangements for the donation of items.


Sherborne Museum
Church Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)1935 812 252


Visit England
President: Katherine Barker
Chairman: Nicola Berry
Curator:   Elisabeth Bletsoe

Registered charity no. 1176535

Accredited museum


We are supported by our Members' Association, Dorset Council, Sherborne Town Council, the former Museums, Libraries & Archives (MLA) and the current Arts Council England to all of whom we extend our appreciation and gratitude.

Arts Council England Dorset Council

Dorset Museums Association

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