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Swanage Museum, Swanage

(3.8/5 based on 45+ reviews on the web)
Learn about the history of the area, from the Jurassic period to the present day, at Swanage Museum. You'll see some actual dinosaur footprints while learning about the Jurassic Coast, whose geological uniqueness has earned it World Heritage Site status. Find out more about Swanage through the ages with displays exhibiting oil pantings and depictions of important historical figures born here, including Victorian politicians and writers. The staff of this quaint museum are mostly volunteers, happy to share their passion and knowledge. If you go with children, keep a close eye on them as many of the displays are breakable. See Swanage Museum and all Swanage has to offer by arranging your trip with our Swanage travel itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Not the biggest of places but it does give some fantastic information of the ears gone by. Well worth a visit with a fish and chip lunch from Harlees.  more »
  • We would have enjoyed a visit here, but I guess closed for the winter and only open when tourism picks up. On a day with no rain though, there were plenty of people about. Missed opportunity.  more »
  • A small museum sharing some of Swanage history going back a few hundred years including some useful specimens of fossils found in and around the Dorset coastline. It also has a few holiday items to bu...  more »
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  • Lovely little museum. If you're in town then it's well worth a visit. Free entry and volunteer run so support it, nice range of gifts and local books too.
  • An outstanding, voluntary run, local Museum. Give it your support
  • Good, simple and understandable
  • Not really something you have to visit.