Things To Do - Visitor Centres and Museums

The visitor centres and museums along the coast show how each location makes the Jurassic Coast a World Heritage Site, showcasing the local geology and associated stories.

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Dorset County MuseumWelcome to the Dorset County Museum, where the story of Dorset's rich landscape unfolds in a range of fascinating displays. The Museum was founded in 1846 to help protect and record the county's unique historical and natural environment.

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Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre

Lulworth Cove Heritage Centre

Dramatically contorted layers of hard and soft rock eroded by the sea to create spectacular features, contrast with a sheltered cove. Have a look at the displays in the Centre which tell the story of Lulworth as the first rocks formed, to the landscape and village you see today.

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Dorset Wildlife Trust Fine Foundation Marine Centre


There is a wealth of information on the rich marine life at Kimmeridge Bay and the surrounding Purbeck Voluntary Marine Nature Reserve. The centre also offers 'Snorkelling for softies' and a live underwater camera.

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Wareham Town Museum

Wareham MuseumWareham Museum's geology display makes the connection between the Wytch Farm oil field and the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site which is the same rock sequence but tilted on its side and exposed by the sea.

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Durlston Country Park


The combination of unrivalled geology and wildlife make Durlston Country Park a very special place.

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Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

Swanage Museum and Heritage CentreLearn about the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site with interactive displays and films. The centre is situated at The Square off the town's lower High Street.

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Studland Visitor Centre, Knoll Beach

Studland Visitor CentreThe National Trust visitor centre has an exhibition about the fascinating ecology of the sand dunes and the geology of the surrounding site.

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