Dorset Museums have many varied collections of archaeological, geological, social history and fine art material.
All of Dorset's museums are independent charities, some of which receive funding from their local councils, but nearly all rely on their own fundraising and/or admission charges.
The local South Western Hub museum for Dorset is the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth.
Details on the museums of Dorset are here: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/323007
Institutional Federation members in Dorset include:
Bridport Museum Trust
Dinosaur Museum, The
Dorset County Museum
Lyme Regis (Philpot) Museum
Museum of Net Manufacture
Poole Museum Service
Priests House Museum
Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Royal Signals Museum
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum
Sherborne Museum Association