The Keep Military Museum

We are a family friendly museum and we attract all ages. We aim to educate, inspire and to honour the sacrifices made by the members of our Regiments. Our displays cover four floors and take you on a 300 year journey through military history. Our artefacts have amazing stories to tell, some will surprise you! Don’t forget to visit the roof for panoramic views of Dorchester and the Dorset countryside. We have a new photographic picture trail aimed at primary school age children - spot all the images in the photographs as you go round the Museum and win yourself a small prize! Sit at our colouring and brass rubbing tables and make some pictures to take home . Have a go dressing up and 'firing' a rifle - you may be surprised how heavy the uniforms and guns are! We also have toy table and dressing up clothes in the lecture room so that children can play while their parent's watch the introductory video.


01305 264066


Venue address
The Keep Bridport Road

Other information

All year
Term Time
School Holidays
Additional Information
Summer opening times: 1st April to 30th September, Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Winter opening times: 1st October to 31st October, Monday to Friday 10amto 4.30pm. 1st November to 31st March, Tuesday to Friday 10amto 4.30pm. Opening times may vary during local half terms. Please contact for further information. This service accepts the Dorset Max Card for families of children and young people who are disabled, young carers, children in care and some care leavers:


Wheelchair accessible
Most areas of the museum are accessible to wheelchair users. There is a ramp to facilitate entry through the main door. The museum floors are level and carpeted. There is adequate space to manoeuvre and turn a wheelchair in most areas. The Museum has a lift with automatic doors which is large enough to take a motorised wheelchair. We regret that it is not possible to give wheelchair access to the roof due to the limitations of our listed building. We do not operate a wheelchair loan system.
Toilet facility information
Disabled toilet on ground floor.

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Address: The Keep  Bridport Road  Dorchester  Dorset