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 Opening Times
July to September, Thursday to Sunday, 11:00am to 4:30 pm.
Whitstable Museum, 5a Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1DB
Please visit Whitstable Museum’s web page www.whitstablemuseum.org
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
Drawn to the Edge (EXHIBITION)
Saturday 10 December – Sunday 12 February
Herne Bay Through the Seasons (EXHIBITION)
Saturday 18 February – Sunday 23 April
Dan Dare (EXHIBITION)
Saturday 29 April – Sunday 2 July
Pre-School Story & Rhyme Time
Every Wednesday at 11am, FREE
Drop in activity packs for children
2017 Opening Times
The Seaside Museum is open 11am to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday
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