Purbeck Museums

From ancient dinosaur footprints, you progress to recent times in Corfe Castle Village through images and artefacts from our collection covering village life and employment. This unique Museum is house on the ground floor of the smallest Town Hall in England. It is open every day. Located in Corfe Castle, Town Hall, West Street, just of the Square. 
Free Admission but donations gratefully accepted. 

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Enjoy the Heritage of Purbeck stone with an audio-visual introduction, display of fossils, geology, worked stone, tools, photographs and a reconstruction of a Quarry mine and its capstan. Special tempory exhibitions from the Parish's extensive social history collection. Next to the Parish Church, St George's Close, Langton Matravers. The Museum is open from 1st April until 30th September. Admission Charged

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The Story of Swanage from the Dinosaurs and the Jurassic Coast to the Seaside Resort and World War II. Period shop displays include Hardy's Builders Workshop and Lloyds Dispensing Chemists. Through the stone trade to London, Swanage's "founding fathers", John Mowlem and George Burt, brought many discarded relics to Swanage. Local and Family History research facilities. We can be found in The Square, on the sea front, between the Mowlem Theatre and Pier. The Museum is open Daily from Easter to October. Free Admission but donations gratefully accepted.
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Located next to the picturesque Victorian railway station at Corfe Castle, Swanage Railway Museum is situated in the restored Goods Shed, filled with artefacts from the hey-days of the London and South Western Railways. There are also many photographic records dating back to the opening of the line in 1885. The museum is best accessed by foot or cycle from the village, or by train from Norden or Swanage. Free Admission but donations gratefully accepted.
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Wareham Town Museum is located within the Town Hall in East Street. The Museum tells the story of Wareham from Prehistoric times to the present day, with a special section on TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Also Wareham's importance as a port exporting Purbeck ball clay and importing coal is told.The Museum is open Good Friday to 31st October, Monday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. Free Admission but donations gratefully accepted.
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Purbeck is rich in Minerals; these have been extracted for many thousands of years and have changed the way we live. Why not visit the Purbeck Mineral & Mining Museum and learn more about Ball Clay- the World's finest clay- Wedgwood's secret ingredient. Enjoy the underground experience. The Museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (Easter to 1st November). The Museum is to be found at the Norden Park and Ride, just outside village of Corfe Castle. Free Admission but donations gratefully accepted. (suggested donation 3 per adult) Well behaved dogs on leads welcome.
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All six museums are connected by the number 40 bus service provided by the Wilts and Dorset Bus Company

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Four of the museums are reachable from the Swanage Railway

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