Whitstable Community Museum & Gallery

Discover the unique seafaring history of Whitstable, famous for its oysters, helmet diving and the second oldest public railway in England!

Whitstable Museum is packed with art, images, film and iconic objects: from a diver’s helmet and knife, to the slippers worn by the actor Peter Cushing during the filming of Star Wars.  See a large model of Stephenson’s locomotive – the first in the world to regularly haul passengers!  The Museum and Gallery is set in a delightful old building, with a secluded courtyard in which to eat your lunch or let the kids play.

Current Exhibition – Defending Our Shores

Threats to Whitstable from Wars, Floods and Smugglers

Smuggling:  Whitstable’s traditions of smuggling goods, spies, money and prisoners make fascinating stories told through a smugglers hut, sketches, newspaper reports and a poem.

Flood:  Much of the coast here is below high-tide level and the fight against storm and flood is illustrated by remarkable photographs, verbatim stories and newspaper reports.

War:  Whitstable’s contribution to wartime defence is told in maps, quotations, photographs and artefacts.  Newly discovered Home Guard maps explain how the coast was protected in WW2.

2017/18 Opening Times

October 2017 to March 2018
Open: Friday and Saturday,  11:00am to 4:30pm
Plus Thursday to Sunday during all KCC school holiday weeks.

Whitstable Museum, 5a Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent  CT5 1DB

Please visit Whitstable Museum’s web page www.whitstablemuseum.org

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Adults: £3

Concessions: £2

Children (with paying adults): Free

Residents (CT1 to CT6): Free

The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay

From Dambusters to Floods, Piers to Punch & Judy, this delightful Museum & Gallery has plenty of surprises under one roof.

Displays include local paintings, prints and photos, prehistoric elephant tusks and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife and a Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb prototype from World War Two.

Exhibitions & Events

Our current exhibition is Delving into Deco Dress and Design, inspired by the artwork of a local lady, Elsa Colquehoun. A fascinating glimpse into fashions in the 1920s, the exhibition includes all sorts of clothing designs, artwork from Elsa and a dress that was created from one of Elsa’s drawings.

The exhibition is open until 21st January 2018.

The museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

2017 Opening Times

The Seaside Museum is open Tuesday-Friday 11am-3pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.

£2 Adult
£1.60 Concession
Children under 16 free

£5 Adult annual pass
£4 Concession annual pass

For the latest information including opening times, please visit the Seaside Museum webpage here