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Coastal Museums

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

Whitstable Museum is currently  closed.

The museum reopens for February half term

 

Saturday 13th Feb to Sunday 21st Feb
11am to 4.30pm every day

 

 

 


 

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 and Rhyme Time

 

HALF TERM


Wednesday 17 February, 12.30-3pm, ‘Seaweed Surprises’

A children's workshop led by Exhibition Curator and Natural History Museum Science Associate, Ian Tittley £2 per child
Come and ‘guddle around’ in a tub of seaweed. Make some pressings of seaweed and look at the different shapes, sizes, colours and textures of seaweed.

 

Saturday 20 February, 12-3pm, ‘Seaweeds and their Secrets’

Family workshop led by Curator and Natural History Museum Science Associate, Ian Tittley £2 per child
Look at the exhibition and explore more about seaweed. See the intricate nature of seaweeds through a microscope and make some pressings.

 

The Great Herne Bay Map Project - Exhibition

Saturday 27 February – Sunday 10 April

 

MARCH


Saturday 5 March, Map Building Workshop, 11am-3pm

Join artist Rob Turner and put your mark on a map of Herne Bay

 

Monday 14 March, Crafternoon, 2- 4pm

An afternoon of crafting. Learn a new craft £2.50 to cover materials and refreshments or bring your own project £1 for refreshments

 

Saturday 19 March, 11.30am-3pm, Make an Easter Bonnet

Craft Workshop for ages 5+ £1

 

Sunday 20 March, Map Building Workshop, 11am-3pm

Join artist Rob Turner and put your mark on a map of Herne Bay

 

Thursday 31 March, Map Building Workshop, 11am-3pm

Join artist Rob Turner and put your mark on a map of Herne Bay

 

Saturday 2 April, Map Building Workshop, 11am-3pm

Join artist Rob Turner and put your mark on a map of Herne Bay

 

APRIL

 

Monday 11 April, The Emerging Seaside Resort, Herne Bay 1770-1830 talk by Mike Bundock

6.30 for 7.00pm £3
30 places available, please book and pay in advance at the museum.

 

Saturday 23 April, 11.30am-3pm, St Georges Day ‘Dragons and Things’

Craft Workshop for ages 5+ £1

 

 

2015-2016 Opening Times

 

Herne Bay Museum Trust is taking over the running of Herne Bay Museum and Gallery and it will become The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay.

 

1 November 2015 to 31 March 2016
Tuesday to Friday 11am to 3pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 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

 

 

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