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

Summer 2015 Opening Times

Whitstable Museum will reopen on Thursday 9 July 2015 and be run in joint partnership between Canterbury City Council and Whitstable Community Museum Group.


Thursday 9th July - Sunday 27th September
Open 11am - 4:30pm Thursday to Sunday


Monday 28th September - Saturday 3rd October



Sunday 4th October (Museum of Fun Day)

Open 11am- 3pm




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.



Places and Faces of Victorian Herne Bay
- Herne Bay Historical Records Society

Saturday 22 August – Sunday 13 September 2015

Trouble and Strife
- Herne & Broomfield Local History Group

Friday 18 September – Sunday 11 October 2015

This Exhibition looks at the troubled years of 1914 - 1918 when women were fighting for the vote and men fought and died for their country in the First World War. One outstanding Herne man was Herne’s Harry Wells who won the Victoria Cross for his bravery 100 years ago on September 25th 1915.


Seashore Life

Friday 16 October – Sunday 15 November

More information coming soon

Summer 2015 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.

Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 4 pm
Closed Mondays (except bank holidays)


£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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