Priest's House Museum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
Despite the name, there is no proof that it was ever occupied by a canon from the Minster, or that it had any connection with the church at all! The two front rooms were used for many years as shopfronts for an ironmonger's and a stationer's shop, and this is how they have been preserved, with much of the original furnishings and, indeed, some of the original shop stock!
Behind the storefronts are a recreated parlour and a 17th-century hall, leading to a Victorian kitchen, an East Dorset villages gallery, and a tinsmith's forge. Upstairs there are special exhibitions on childhood, local costume, and archaeology.
Behind the house is a lovely garden stretching back over 100 feet to a millstream behind the property. Old varieties of apple and pear trees are planted on either side of the central path leading through the garden.
Priest's House Museum is an attractive small museum, thoughtfully laid out, with collections designed to give the flavour of daily life for the people who lived and worked here over the centuries.
About Priest's House Museum
Address: 23-27 High Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England, BH21 1HR
Attraction Type: Museum
Location: On High Street, directly opposite the Minster church
Website: Priest's House Museum
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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