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



"Call us not weeds.....we are flowers of the sea"

Saturday 9 January to Sunday 21 February

Celebrating A New Atlas of Seaweeds of Kent
A surprising exhibition about that nasty smelly slimy stuff that rots on the beach, but which might yet save the world!



Monday 25 January, 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


Story Telling for Adults

Monday 8 February, 6.30 for 7.00pm

Tony Cooper will tell a story called The Worm of the Wantsum.

£3 or £2 Friends of the Museum HBHRS members and Herne and Broomfield History Group members. 30 places available, please book and pay in advance at the museum.


Historical Herne Bay Talk

Monday 11 April, 6.30 for 7.00pm

Mike Bundock will give a talk about Historical Herne Bay

£3 or £2 Friends of the Museum HBHRS members and Herne and Broomfield History Group members. 30 places available, please book and pay in advance at the museum.


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


£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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