Swanage Museum, Swanage

3.9
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. For Swanage Museum and beyond, use our Swanage tour itinerary maker to get the most from your Swanage vacation.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Popped in here by chance when raining in Swanage. Lots to see with a good display of local history in the town. Can get very crowded, but other than that, a good asset to the town and a great place to...  more »
  • July 10, 2017
    Popped in for a brief look on my was back to the beach and was presently surprised! It is a very small museum and doesn't take long to look around. It goes through the history of Swanage and the Juras...  more »
  • June 28, 2017
    A very small museum, but worth taking a look at, friendly inside, and welcoming and well presented. Worth a visit.  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
  • Not really something you have to visit.
  • Good, simple and understandable

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