Beaminster Museum is a local history museum for Beaminster and the surrounding villages and hamlets, including Broadwindsor, Burstock, Chedington, Corscombe, Drimpton, Halstock, Hooke, Mapperton, Melplash, Mosterton, Netherbury, SalwayAsh, Stoke Abbott, South Perrott, Thorncombe and Toller Whelme.
The museum is housed in a converted , Grade II listed Congregational Church, just two minutes’ walk from the centre of Beaminster.
Our permanent collection highlights historic local families and displays objects and images associated with local trades and schools.
Recent new displays include the local Flax and Hemp industry, the fossils of nearby Horn Park National Nature Reserve, local Pubs and Inns and Police.
We also have a number of temporary exhibitions on the ground floor and a reference section containing books and audio-visual materials relating to the local area.
For our younger visitors there is a Bee Trail, Ammonite puzzle and other activities, such as the hunt-the-answer computer game. We actively promote learning and discovery with our school visits, loans boxes and winter talks.
Disabled access is encouraged with ramps and a virtual tour is available of those parts of the collection only accessible by stairs.
We operate as a charitable trust, run entirely by volunteers and supported by our Friends.
We are affiliated to Dorset Museums which provides a link to the range of museums that Dorset has to offer. The Dorset History Centre in Dorchester holds other useful information about our local area, including parish registers.
The museum has recently received Heritage Lottery Funding. click here to see what HLF can do for organisations like ours.