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

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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

Drawn to the Edge (EXHIBITION)

Saturday 10 December – Sunday 12 February

Herne Bay Through the Seasons (EXHIBITION)

Saturday 18 February – Sunday 23 April


Saturday 29 April – Sunday 2 July

Pre-School Story & Rhyme Time

Every Wednesday at 11am, FREE

Drop in activity packs for children

Every Saturday

2017 Opening Times

The Seaside Museum is open 11am to 3pm Tuesday to Sunday

£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