Sherborne Museum sits right in the centre of town, and it’s housed inside a Grade II listed building that once belonged to the abbey. The attraction opened in 1968 and since then its collections have expanded so much that it’s had to buy what was once a shoe shop next door to expand.
Inside, the museum’s home to some of Sherborne’s most fascinating treasures, and there’s a story attached to each one to help you learn more about the town and its past. Take the mummified cat that was found in a roof space for example – was it hidden up there by a former resident in the hope of warding off evil?
And then there’s the memorial stone plaque discovered in the former police station that seems to two men – it’s thought they were victims of the plague who were buried under what’s now the hospital but we can only study the artefacts and speculate about the people that inspired them.
There’s a diverse collection of art too, and many of it captures the wild side of Dorset and the heritage coast. Sherborne Museum opens between Easter and Christmas from Tuesday to Saturday, and special opening times can be arranged if you’d like to visit out of hours. Admission’s just £1 and children under 18 and those with disabilities go free.