The Swanage Museum & Heritage Centre sits right alongside the sea front of Swanage, occupying a prime site at The Square on what was the old stone yard known as the ‘bankers’.


Easter to October: Sundays to Fridays 11.00am – 3.00pm (Closed Saturdays)
November/December: Weekends only
Off Season: Please contact us on 01929 421427


Admission to the Museum is free & well-behaved dogs are welcome.


Toilets: Public toilets (charges may apply) are situated nearby.
Refreshments: There are many cafés, restaurants & takeaways within easy walking distance.
Souvenirs: The Museum has a selection of items for sale.

Car Parking

Parking in Swanage can be a challenge during peak times! For details of car parks operated by Swanage Town Council, please visit:


We love welcoming people of all ages to the Museum, whether you wish to learn more about Swanage and the Purbeck area, or to entertain your little ones in a safe space.

Learn more about Swanage by visiting the Museum and viewing our film depicting the full history of the Swanage area .

We have lots of family-friendly facilities including children’s area where youngsters can explore in their own ways. The shop also has lots of pocket money items for after your visit.

If you’d like to know more about our Learning Services, please get in touch.