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This list of museums in Dorset, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City Region Type Summary
Beaminster Museum Image needed LHB Beaminster West Dorset Local website, local history, archaeology, agriculture
Blandford Town Museum Image needed LHB Blandford North Dorset Local website, local history, trades, archaeology, military, railway
Bournemouth Aviation Museum Aircraft outside the Bournemouth Air Museum, Hurn. - geograph.org.uk - 348820 Hurn Christchurch Aviation Airplanes, engines, cockpits, other modes of transport
Bovington Tank Museum Bovingtonpano Wool Purbeck Military Tanks and armoured vehicles
Castleton Waterwheel Museum Image needed LHB Sherborne West Dorset History website, restored 19th century waterwheel used to deliver town's water
Gillingham Museum Image needed LHB Gillingham North Dorset Local website, local history, trades, geology, industry
Gold Hill Museum Image needed LHB Shaftesbury North Dorset Local website, local history, culture, industry
Langton Matravers Museum Image needed LHB Langton Matravers Purbeck Local website, local history, geology, limestone Quarry industry
Mangerton Mill Image needed LHB Bridport West Dorset Mill information, 3 story watermill
Museum of Electricity Image needed LHB Christchurch Christchurch Science website, located in an Edwardian power station, electricity generation, appliances, discoveries
Nothe Fort Nothe Fort entrance Weymouth Weymouth and Portland Military 19th century fort with important role in World War II, memorabilia, vehicles
Place Mill Image needed LHB Christchurch Christchurch Mill website, restored Anglo-Saxon watermill, art gallery
Poole Museum Poole Museum Entrance Poole Poole Local Local history, ceramics and Poole Pottery, archaeology, maritime and social history, local trades and industries, costume and textiles; formerly known as the Waterfront Museum
Portland Bill Lighthouse Portland Bill Lighthouse - geograph.org.uk - 24037 Isle of Portland Weymouth and Portland Maritime Lighthouse open for tours
Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum Image needed LHB Corfe Castle Purbeck Mining website, located at the Norden railway station, history and equipment for ball clay mining
Royal Signals Museum Typex-blandford-processed Blandford Forum North Dorset Military National museum of army communications
Sherborne Museum Image needed LHB Sherborne West Dorset Local website, local history, trades, industry, household items,
Sturminster Mill Image needed LHB Sturminster Newton North Dorset Mill website, working watermill
Sutton Poyntz Water Supply Museum Image needed LHB Weymouth Weymouth and Portland History website, history of water supplying, natural history of watersheds, operated by Wessex Water Services
Swanage Museum Image needed LHB Swanage Purbeck Local website, local history, geology and history of the Jurassic Coast, stone quarrying industry, local development of early radar in the UK during World War II
Swanage Railway Corfe Castle railway station 2 Corfe Castle Purbeck Railway Heritage railway and museum located in the converted Goods Shed in Corfe Castle railway station
Town Mill, Lyme Regis Image needed LHB Lyme Regis West Dorset Mill website, restored working watermill, complex also houses art galleries, a café/restaurant, craft studios and workshops, a bakery, a mill shop and the Miller's garden
Weymouth Museum Brewers Quay Weymouth Weymouth Weymouth and Portland Local Part of Brewers Quay, local history, culture, maritime history, located at Brewers Quay
White Mill, Sturminster Marshall Image needed LHB Sturminster Marshall East Dorset Mill website, operated by the National Trust, part of the Kingston Lacy estate, restored watermill

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