Opening hours

The museum is open Tues-Sun (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) until the Autumn. Opening times are 11am – 3pm

Our Heritage


With over 200 listed buildings, Dunster is preserved so that generations to come can enjoy the historic qualities of this unique medieval village.  Dunster has a wealth of historic buildings, from the National Trust’s 11th century Dunster Castle to the Old Yarn Market in the middle of the High Street, which was a focal point for the old Exmoor wool and cloth trade.

For those wishing to find out more information on the history of the village please click here to go to the Victoria County History website page on Dunster.

Doll Collection:

There are many old and interesting dolls to be seen, which come from many different periods, and many are in their original clothes. Old dolls can be compared with those from the second half of the 20th century to provide a fascinating contrast. There are Artists’ and Fashion Dolls, and a unique collection of 20 “Sasha” Dolls in 1913 period dress, and the Bristol Red Cross Dolls.

A prominent feature of the collection is the wide range of ethnic dolls illustrating the costumes of many lands and cultures. There are also dolls that will remind visitors of their childhood and nursery rhyme characters. Novelties, such as tea cosy and dressing table dolls, advertising figures and dolls made from many unusual materials can also be seen.


Egyptian Burial Doll

Plague Doll

16th Century Plague Doll

Big  Case

Just one of the many cases full of dolls that we have on show.

Museum Artefacts:

The Dunster Museum has a growing collection of objects and photographs relating to the village’s diverse history.

cannon ball

Civil War Cannon Ball and Musket Ball (left)spears

Iron Spearheads brought back from Africa (right)

WW2 PhotosPhotographs of the village in the Second World War.

We also have a display on the Green Howards, which were raised at Dunster Castle during the Civil War. Click here to find out more.

Check out Channel 4’s Time Team’s ‘Dunster Dig’ below

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