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The Keep Military Museum

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Address: Barrack Road | Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RN, England
Phone Number:
+44 1305 264066
Today
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description:

We are a family friendly museum and we attract all ages. We aim to educate,...

We are a family friendly museum and we attract all ages. We aim to educate, inspire and to honour the sacrifices made by the members of our Regiments. Our displays cover four floors and take you on a 300 year journey through time. Our artifacts have amazing stories to tell, some will surprise you! Don’t forget to visit the roof for panoramic views of Dorchester and the Dorset countryside.

The Museum is fully accessible with a lift to every floor (apart from the roof), we encourage people to take photographs – no flash and share their visit to the Museum with us. Due to the nature of our collection only Assistance Dogs are allowed in the building.

We have a small car park at the back of the Museum for visitor use. If you are a UK Taxpayer you can Gift Aid your admission and enjoy a free annual museum pass at no extra cost!

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Would highly recommend a visit to this packed and informative museum.

We had a wonderful time today for our twins' fifteenth birthday treat. Three adults and four children (all teenagers) found the museum full of interesting facts and information... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a wonderful time today for our twins' fifteenth birthday treat. Three adults and four children (all teenagers) found the museum full of interesting facts and information about the Devon and Dorset regiments. Our visit took us about three hours to go round and we could have stayed longer but we had to get back to fit in some... More 

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Lutterworth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic building housing an excellent collection of military artifacts throughtout the history of the Dorset regiment. Well presented and very informative. Highly recommend spending at least a couple of hours educating yourselves here and become even more proud of how our armed forces have protected over time. Must highlight how helpful the lady on reception was and the ease of... More 

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We held our Christmas meeting here mid December. Max of 30 attending. Alexia was excellent and helped us from the original enquiry to on the day. They couldn't help us enough. We used the Library and had seating for 30, a projector and screen - which they provide (you can have more) as well as a lectern. Catering was provided... More 

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Thank Samantha P
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Dear Samantha, Many thanks for reviewing your Christmas meeting, it was a pleasure to help and we are glad it was a success. We look forward to seeing you soon! Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

i wasn't sure if I'd find much of interest here but was with friends who wanted to go. My interest is in WW2 and subsequent conflicts, rather than earlier military history (and I have to be honest and say that a visit to this particular museum would not have been my choice.) I rushed through the pre WW2 exhibits, and... More 

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Thank 233Andrea
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Thank you for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and the views from our roof! Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

The Keep is specifically a museum for the military history of regiments from Dorset and Devon, but it has amassed some very detailed collections of uniforms, weaponry, and memorabilia from nearly three centuries of military activity. Enjoyable way to spend a few hours if one is interested in military history. And, as they like to point out, they have a... More 

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Thank Deborah P
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Many thanks for taking the time to review us, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon! Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

Purley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

The building itself begs to be visited, situated at the top of the high street overlooking the town, looking like a medieval castle, the fact that is houses the story of Dorset's military history since 1685 makes it a must do attraction. The exhibits are interesting and very well presented. Being a small museum, I was expecting it to have... More 

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Thank you very much for taking the time to review us. We are really glad you enjoyed your visit, and found our collection interesting. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

I went to the keep 2 days ago with family members ranging from 3 years to 66 years old. Everyone really enjoyed the time spent at the keep and looks forward to returning soon. All staff were extremely friendly and helpful and the price was very reasonable - particularly as you can return as many times as you like within... More 

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Many thanks for taking the time to write a review, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit! We look forward to seeing you in the future. Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Visited with family. Not sure what to expect. Was last minute passing by decision. Excellent condition, well laid out, friendly and knowledgeable staff. Just could not fault it. A must see.

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Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you in the future. Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

If you like things military then this is a must see. Lots of displays of medals, uniforms, swords and guns. Well presented with lots of information on how they were won and histories of various battles. If you read them all it would easily take half a day or more to explore. Top attraction for me were the cartoons in... More 

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Thank Martyn R
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Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

Royston, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

Great military museum for the Dorset Regiment. Loads of artefacts, weapons, uniforms, medals telling the story of the many campaigns and wars in which the Dorsets have been involved.One thing to look out for which we almost missed is a map of Dorset showing where bombs were dropped during the second world war. It also showed where the site of... More 

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Thank Michael J
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Thank you for taking the time to review us, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We have exciting plans for the map of Dorset which be unveiled in May. Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

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