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The Keep Military Museum is situated on Barrack Road, Dorchester (B3150). Our postcode is DT1 1RN for those setting Sat Navs. The Museum is 10 minutes walk from Dorchester West Railway Station (Bristol line) and 20 minutes walk from Dorchester South Railway Station (Waterloo Line). There are taxi ranks at both stations. Buses to and from Weymouth stop at Top o' Town, within a few minutes walk from the Museum. Other buses stop in Trinity Street in the town centre. The centre of Dorchester is level but the walk from the town centre to the Museum is slightly up-hill.
The Museum has a small private car park in its grounds. There are 13 spaces for use by staff, volunteers and visitors. There is no charge for parking here as long as you are visiting the museum. We regret that there are no specified disabled spaces and that it is not possible to reserve or guarantee places. There is a public pay and display car park at Top o' next to the Museum. If it is important that you park close to the Museum we suggest that you avoid Wednesdays. This is Market Day in Dorchester and all car parks fill up very fast.
The Museum has one entrance which is at the front of the building facing the B3150. An admission fee is charged. Credit and debit cards are accepted. Charges are shown on this website and on the boards outside the Museum. Accompanying carers may be admitted free of charge if their presence is essential for a visit to the Museum. The Museum does not have a café but staff can direct visitors to nearby restaurants and shops.
The Museum collection is displayed over 4 floors. Entry is via the ground floor and there are three upper floors. Most areas of the Museum are accessible to wheelchair users. There is a ramp to facilitate entry through the main door. The museum floors are level and carpeted. There is adequate space to manoeuvre and turn a wheelchair in most areas. The Museum has a lift with automatic doors which is large enough to take a motorised wheelchair. This provides access to floors 1, 2 and 3. We regret that it is not possible to give wheelchair access to the roof due to the limitations of our listed building status. We do not operate a wheelchair loan system.
There is a Disabled Toilet on the ground floor. We regret that we do not currently have baby changing facilities but we hope to install a changing unit this year.
If you need medical assistance, please speak to any member of staff or volunteer who will arrange assistance from a trained first-aider or call an ambulance. Please remember that the help we are allowed to offer is limited. An accident book and First Aid kit is kept at reception.
Assistance dogs (guide dogs and hearing dogs for the deaf) are welcome throughout the Museum. No other dogs are admitted.
We do not have an Induction loop or Braille, but labelling is clear and attached to moveable paddles which can be read from a wheelchair. Some information is on CD. Lighting throughout the Museum is fairly dim due to the need to protect our artefacts from the damaging effects of light.
A Collections Access Policy is available on request from the Curator