Welcome to the Museum of East Dorset
The Priest's House will continue to fulfil its role of being a lively and accessible reflection of life and society in East Dorset.
John Newth, Dorset Life - The Dorset Magazine, July 2009
The Priest's House Museum & Garden is located in the heart of the beautiful market town of Wimborne Minster.
Using collections rich in archaeology and costume, and childhood and local history material, the museum tells the story of East Dorset. Period rooms, from a 17th century hall to the working Victorian kitchen, show how life and work has changed in this historic townhouse. There are 10 galleries to explore. Displays include audio descriptions and children's activities. A beautiful walled garden, gift shop and tearoom complete any visit.
The museum works closely with the local community. They participate in the museum through volunteering, learning and family activity programmes, exhibitions, community projects and reminiscence workshops.
The Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre
The Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre has been constructed along one side of the garden, and houses collection stores, a multi-functional learning and community space, a new tearoom, and visitor facilities.