The Museum & Collection
The story of the Abbey and its inhabitants has been vividly brought to life in our museum. The museum is decorated in dramatic medieval colours chosen to reflect the interior of the original Abbey church.
The museum houses a fascinating collection of carved stonework including samples of Saxon carving, medieval floor tiles and other excavated objects. Illustrations from ancient manuscripts help to tell the story of this foremost Benedictine nunnery.
The Museum Shop
The Museum Shop has a large range of souvenirs and gifts both for yourselves and friends to remind you of your visit to Shaftesbury. You will find the Shop at the entrance to the Museum, and it is free to browse.
Helping you to enjoy your visit
To get more from your visit, “Audio Guides” are available from the reception. The “Audio Guide” will talk you around the Museum and Garden explaining many of the objects on view, together with their history.
For young visitors we offer a child friendly version of the audio guide, plus quizzes and hands-on games and activites to keep them busy around the Abbey and the Garden. Printed guides are available in many languages to assist our overseas visitors.