Whitstable Museum & Gallery

Discover the unique seafaring history of Whitstable, famous for its oysters, diving, and celebrity residents!

Whitstable Museum is packed with art, images, film and iconic objects: from a diver’s helmet and knife, to the slippers in Cushing Corner, worn by the actor during the filming of Star Wars. The Museum and Gallery is set in a delightful building dating back to the 1700s, with a secluded courtyard to enjoy during the summer months.

Current Exhibition – Whitstable’s Rich Heritage

Shipbuilding, the first passenger railway and Whitstable as a popular leisure destination are explored in this new exhibition. Whitstable Museum’s archive has been raided to link early photographs, maps and artefacts with family memories in an extensive display. Many local experts have contributed to create the stories of work and leisure. This is the first exhibition to be curated by the Whitstable Community Museum Group and reflects how Whitstable’s character has changed over three centuries. Find out more

2016 Opening Times 

Open every Saturday between 18th June and 23rd July from 11am – 4.30pm

24th July to end September open every Thursday to Sunday from 11am – 4:30pm


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

Every Wednesday at 11am, FREE Story & Rhyme Time


Saturday 2 July – Sunday 28 August – Giles at the Seaside

Exhibition


SUMMER HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

all sessions £1 per child


Saturday 23 July No Sting in this!
12-3pm Come and make a Jellyfish for ages 5-12


Wednesday 27 July Clowning Around

2-3pm Enjoy a bag of surprises at the museum with

Pip the Clown for ages 5-12


Saturday 30 July Surprising Seaweed

12-3pm Use seaweed from our beaches to make pictures

for ages 5-12


Wednesday 3 August Bombs Away!

1pm and 2pm Can you help recreate the bouncing bomb trials?

for ages 8-12


Saturday 6 August Thar’ She Blows!

12-3pm How to make windsocks with glue and tissue paper

for ages 5-12


Wednesday 10 August Make us laugh!

1-3pm Learn how to draw cartoons for fun

for ages 5-12


Saturday 13 August Ship Ahoy!

12-3pm Make a working lighthouse using just paper and glue

for ages 5-12


Tuesday 16 August Bombs Away!
1pm and 2pm Can you help recreate the bouncing bomb trials?
for ages 8-12


Wednesday 17 August Viking Invasion!

12-3pm Make a Viking ship to carry those fierce Norsemen

for ages 5-12


Saturday 20 August Shiver me timbers!

12-3pm Come along and dress as a pirate, listen to stories, enjoy pirate themed activities and have some fun me hearties!

for ages 5-12


Wednesday 24 August Something Fishy!

1-3pm Learn how to produce eye-catching paper with marble design and do some printing as well.

for ages 5-12


Saturday 27 August Konnichiwa!

12-3pm Use a traditional Japanese craft to make paper items

for ages 5-12


Tuesday 30 August Clowning Around
2-3pm Enjoy a bag of surprises at the museum with
Pip the Clown for ages 5-12


Wednesday 31 August What’s a zine?

1-3pm Make a zine in the museum

for ages 5-12


Amy Johnson – My Life in Pictures EXHIBITION

Saturday 3 September – Sunday 16 October


Saturday 3 September Viking Invasion!

12-3pm Make a Viking ship to carry those fierce Norsemen

for ages 5-12


Monday 12 September The Arrival of the First Pier, 1830-1842

Talk by Mike Bundock

6.30 for 7.00pm £5

Seats limited, please book and pay in advance


Kent Smugglers Stories – EXHIBITION with Wide Eyed Theatre

Sunday 18 September – Sunday 13 November


Monday 19 September Crafternoon

Sewing or bring your own project

£2.50 Tea, cake and chat included


Monday 28 September Amy Johnson

Talk by Jane Priston

6.30 for 7pm £5

Seats limited, please book and pay in advance


Monday 17 October Crafternoon

Christmas Cards

£2.50 Tea, cake and chat included


Inspired by the Collection – Made in Herne Bay Group EXHIBITION

Saturday 22 October – Sunday 4 December


Monday 14 November Engraved Glass; Its History and Techniques

Talk by Peter Warr

6.30 for 7.00pm £5

Seats limited, please book and pay in advance


Monday 21 November Crafternoon

Christmas Decorations

£2.50 Tea, cake and chat included


Saturday 10 December

Father Christmas tells Christmas Stories for Children

11am Cost tbc

Seats limited, please book and pay in advance


2016 Opening Times

From Friday 25 March, Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm

Admission
£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