Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

The Square
Swanage BH19 2LJ

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Telephone: 01929 421427

Website: Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre

Opening times


Daily 10:30am – 3:30pm

May to September

Daily 10:00am - 5:00pm


Daily 10:30am - 4:30pm


Weekends only 11:00am - 3:00pm

Off Season

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Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre (photo: Morgan Carey Architects)

In the Swanage Museum and Heritage Centre, formerly the old seafront market building, you can see dinosaur footprints and discover more about the local stone industry, as well as the eminent Victorians from Swanage who all had their roots in the stone trade. Find out more about the rocks of Swanage Bay which record almost the entire Cretaceous period between 145 and 65 million years ago, from the Purbeck Beds to the south at Peverill Point, through the Wealdon Beds and Greensand, to the Chalk of Old Harry Rocks.