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.

Exhibitions & Events


Every Wednesday at 11am, FREE Story and Rhyme Time



7 November 2015 - 3 January 2016
A Retrospective, Jon Bird (1949 – 2015)
Bright Lumpy Acrylics



1 to 24 December Countdown to Christmas
- come and see what's new in the window,
every day until Christmas day

Friday 4 December
- late night opening and shopping

Saturday 12 December
- 11.30am-2pm Drop-in Christmas Craft session

Saturday 19 December
- 2-4pm Drop-in Christmas Craft session
- From 4pm Mulled wine and mince pies
- Hoodners will be dropping by from 4.30pm
- late night opening and shopping



9 January - 21 February
'Call Us Not Weeds of the Sea'


Winter 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.


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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