Dorchester museums open up for a night of fun

The Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester

The Tutankhamun Exhibition in Dorchester

First published in News Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Dorchester reporter

DORCHESTER museums and attractions are joining forces for another night of fun.

The popular Museums at Night event has become a fixture in the county town calendar in recent years, offering entry to eight venues for a single ticket price.

The Dinosaur Museum, The Tutankhamun Exhibition, Dorset County Museum, The Teddy Bear Museum, The Keep Military Museum, The Terracotta Warriors Museum, the Roman Town House and Max Gate are all taking part in the event this year, which will be held on May 17.

Entry to all of the attractions costs just £10 for a family of two adults and up to four children when bought in advance.

They will be sold from any of the participating museums as well as the Dorchester tourist information centre in Antelope Walk and Max Gate from April.

Tickets can also be bought on the night for £12.

Tim Batty, from the World Heritage Museums and Exhibitions, said: “Museums at Night really does offer something for everyone whatever your interest. So whether it’s Tutankhamun or Romans, Thomas Hardy or teddy bears, dinosaurs or Dorchester’s local history, the Dorsetshire Regiment or terracotta warriors of a much earlier age, it’s there to be explored.

“On Museums at Night you can visit some or all of these for an extraordinary low price.

“New for this year is a Museums at Night Trail where all those who follow the trail, find the answers to the clues and solve the puzzle will be entered in a prize draw.” The museums and Roman Town House will be open from 5pm to 9pm, with Max Gate open from 3.30pm to 5.30pm as part of a special Museums at Night preview package.

In previous years a number of cafes, restaurants and local businesses have also put on special offers to coincide with the event so families can make a real night out of it.

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