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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
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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A Great Compact Military Museum

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Purley, United Kingdom
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Purley, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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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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83 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 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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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 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 

Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2016

But what there is , is extremely interesting and well worth a visit. I would highly recommend trying to fit this in if in the area and especially if you have any sort of military background

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Thank you for reviewing us, we are glad you found your visit interesting! Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

Excellent value brilliant lay out very interesting visit easy parking and close to the center of town

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Many thanks for taking the time to review us, we are glad you enjoyed your visit! Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

Guildford
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22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016 via mobile

It seems small but it is jammed full of different interesting things to see relating to multiple wars and time periods. Everything was well explained and the keep is a nice setting for the museum. Make sure you go on the roof for a view

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Thank you for taking the time to review us! We are glad you enjoyed your visit and our wonderful roof. Best wishes, The Keep Team More 

Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

We have been a couple of times over the years but still find this historic museum appealing as it constantly updates itself and there is always something new to see. Took teenage son and 5 year old daughter and we all had a great time. Current promotion is for kids to go free and Gift Aiding your entry allows return... More 

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TheKeepMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Keep Military Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us. Really glad you enjoyed your visit and that you noticed the changes. We try to keep things fresh for our returning visitiors and to commemorate important anniversaries, like the Somme. Hope to see you again soon, Best wishes The Keep Team More 

Mansfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

Went to Dorchester for the day and the keep was a great place to visit. We have 2 children 12 & 16 and they both really enjoyed it as there was a lot to see, the exhibitions were very informative and there was lots of interaction with the exhibits. So much history there, well worth a visit!

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TheKeepMuseum, Public Relations Manager at The Keep Military Museum, responded to this review

Thanks Emma, Really good of you to write a review. We're glad you found the visit interesting and we hope to see you again! Best wishes The Keep Team More 

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