Wessex Museums Partnership

Four museums working together to tell the amazing story of Dorset and Wiltshire.

It’s a story of the land and its people. From old bones and carved stone, to ancient treasure and dazzling jewels. Mighty ships to menacing weapons. Paintings, pottery and much-loved literature.

Our partner museums will be swapping ideas, sharing expertise, exchanging objects and hosting joint exhibitions. Our aim is to inspire you to explore and enjoy the fantastic art and heritage of Dorset and Wiltshire… and discover what makes Wessex so special.

Dorset County Museum - Explore 250 million years of the county’s history, from fascinating fossils to Roman remains, Victorian life to much-loved Wessex literature. (The museum is currently closed for refurbishment, but will open again in the summer of 2020)

Poole Museum - Marvel at the unique collection of shipwrecks and seafaring items from Poole’s days as the maritime centre of Wessex, as well as the world’s greatest display of Poole Pottery.

Salisbury Museum - Discover 500,000 years of history - from the archaeology of ancient Wessex to contemporary art - all in a stunning medieval building

Wiltshire Museum - Be dazzled by gold from the time of Stonehenge, see Britain’s best Bronze Age archaeology collection, and admire the weapons and jewellery that tell Wiltshire's Saxon story.

Wessex Museums comprises four museums which tell the stories of Dorset and Wiltshire from prehistoric times to the present day – Dorset Museum, Poole Museum, The Salisbury Museum and Wiltshire Museum. Together we form the charity, the Wessex Museums Trust and are an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation (NPO). Our ambition is to inspire more people to explore and enjoy the outstanding art and heritage of our region.

It is an exciting time for Wessex Museums. This year we have seen a series of pioneering initiatives come to fruition including an artist-in-residence programme, our partnership interpretation strategy and the launch of our new brand identity. In summer 2022 we will present a major exhibition on the life and work of Thomas Hardy which will be displayed simultaneously across the four museums, before touring to other venues nationally. Alongside this, the Wessex Museums Trust is embarking on a major new phase of organisational development.

Wessex Museums Trust is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation 1171104

Wessex Museums now has its own website here