Sherborne Museum
Sherborne Museum
4.5
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Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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This fascinating small museum reflects the social and historical life of Sherborne, a market town in the heart of the Dorset countryside. Attractions include a unique medieval wall-painting, a touch-screen version of the glorious Sherborne Missal, botanical watercolours by pioneering Edwardian artist Diana Wilson, a vast photographic archive, a famous dolls' house, silk displays and much more. Ground floor wheelchair access.
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1-2 hours
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Patric D
Sandbach, UK717 contributions
It's only a small museum but worth a visit. it is spread over two floors and has quite a lot of exhibits focused on the history of Sherborne and it particular a focus on the lace-making industry on which the wealth of the town was built. Friendly and knowkedgeable volunteer staff on hand to answer questions. Entry is free but donations are welcomed
Written June 14, 2022
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Bentley Bear
Harpenden, UK343 contributions
Only a small museum but very interesting nonetheless. With the abbey, almshouses, castle and park nearby there is also plenty of other things to see and do while you visit. Sherborne is a must see town for anyone visiting this area and this museum very much explains why the town has such an important part in English history and reveals many facts that should be much better known.

There are also a number of excellent pubs and restaurants in the local vicinity too that are well worth visiting while you are there.
Written March 25, 2022
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Comcalra
Hemel Hempstead, UK6 contributions
Solo
I think this is a great little museum with great friendly staff who are so helpful to answer any question you might have. I found them really helpful about Sherborne and it's history as well as the local landmarks, they even advised me to try other places that ended up with dividends. I can't fault the people behind the museum and their knowledge about the town was really great. I did learn a lot more than I expected. I must say that it made my day when I went there.
Written December 5, 2013
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Jenny B
Penarth, UK35 contributions
Couples
Nice local museum well worth a visit , friendly staff and interesting exhibits with explanations. Good for families.
Written October 10, 2015
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starfighter104
Weymouth, UK16 contributions
Couples
Although living only twenty miles away we had never visited Sherborne Museum. Today we put this right and we were very glad we did. This a really interesting experience concerning local history with lots of exhibits and enough to see and do to occupy at least an hour. We ran out of time but intend to return soon. The museum is open every week day is free and staffed by volunteers. The lady in charge during our visit was really friendly and helpful. A donation towards running costs is much appreciated and merited.
Written October 8, 2015
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Thank you for your kind review - we're so glad you enjoyed your visit. We always love local people coming in; they're often surprised! Do come again soon as we always have changing exhibitions, as well as old favourites.
Written November 5, 2015
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Gary D
Sherborne, UK33 contributions
Solo
This is a truly superb museum. I sometimes think that because of it's location in Church Lane it is overshadowed by the Abbey. Church Lane cuts through between the Abbey and Cheap Street and the small entrance door belies the vast number of exhibits inside. If it is a bit of a wet day an hour or so in here will be very interesting and informative. There is something for everyone and if you have an eye for detail you will find it here in abundance. I would urge visitors to make an effort to see this museum and bear in mind it is FREE to enter. It is very modern with interactive areas and some fascinating videos.
Written September 25, 2015
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Charles J
Glasgow, UK579 contributions
Couples
This is a small museum with no entrance fee. It is stuffed with fascinating bits and pieces of Sherborne's history. We spent longer in there than expected. If it is of interest then I recommend a visit.
Written April 19, 2015
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Rebecca D
Hamilton, VA134 contributions
Couples
Tucked away in an alleyway a block from Sherborne Abbey, the Sherborne Museum could easily be overlooked, and that would be a mistake. You enter into a small room with a desk surrounded by miscellaneous local publications and the requisite postal card collection. The volunteer staff take your small entry fee and briefly describe the four room/two floor layout. This is not your state of the art high tech museum, but rather a collection of "collections"--with the occasional diorama and posted photography displays. You feel as if you are on an elementary school field trip in the 1960's. But in spite of its low key appearance, you do glean a lot of information about Sherborne's past--from its silk and glove industry to the stories of local lads who served in both world wars to the recent demise of the Digby School for Girls. The museum is simple to walk through--30-40 minutes is sufficient. The volunteers are very friendly and helpful. The museum's simplicity is its charm and for a pound note is very worthy of your attention.
Written September 10, 2014
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Monksilver
Bristol, UK113 contributions
Couples
as it was raining we arrived to receive a helpful and warm welcome from a lady at the desk - the exhibits extremely good in presentation and we certainly and easily digested the town's history lot's to see including an exhibition relating to WW1
Written August 7, 2014
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Barry K
Somerset, UK72 contributions
Couples
An interesting local museum housed in an historic building. From the outside it appears dark and possibly run down, but far from it, the interior is well maintained and the exhibits are very well presented. There are toys to amuse young children and two large video units; one dedicated to the Sherborne Abbey Missal which is a hands on unit, you cannot fail to be impressed by the equipment and the missal, and there are chairs to sit on! It's not overdone with so much mind blowing information. Cheap admission and friendly and helpful volunteer staff.
Written November 16, 2013
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  • Tue - Sat 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM