Planning a visit? Don't miss our top twelve must see exhibits at Canterbury Heritage Museum.


medieval building and timber roofs at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Medieval building and timber roofs

The Poor Priests Hospital, which houses the museum, is one of England’s finest surviving medieval buildings, with flint exterior and magnificent oak-beamed roofs inside.




Mammoth tusk and ammonite

Mammoth tusk and ammonite

See an image of the tropical sea, teeming with fish and sharks, which once covered the area, and touch a giant ammonite fossil. There’s also a mammoth tusk from the Ice Age tundra.


Mystery Burial at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Mystery burial

Can you solve the mystery of a post-Roman family burial found in Beer Cart Lane, with two adults, two children and a dog?



The Canterbury Cross

The Canterbury Cross

Dating from about AD 850, this cross was discovered beneath the streets of Canterbury in 1867 and is often used as a symbol of the Anglican Church around the world. See the original on display at Canterbury Heritage Museum.


Oliver Postgate's story of Becket, on display at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Oliver Postgate's story of Becket

Find out about the life and death of Thomas Becket in Oliver Postgate’s colourful and irreverent 16-metre long painted frieze in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry, which is thought to have been embroidered in Canterbury.




the medieval discovery gallery at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Medieval Discovery Gallery

Have fun with hands-on activities for all the family.




Pilgrim badges

Pilgrim badges

See the finest collection of medieval pilgrim badges of St Thomas Becket, and the ‘ampullae’ that once held holy water said to be tinged with the saint’s healing blood.


Elizabethan painted plaster

Elizabethan painted plaster

A very rare survival, this section of Elizabethan wall decoration from a Canterbury house is painted with richly-coloured Kentish fruits and flowers, including apples, pears, cherries, grapes, roses and tulips.



Stephenson's 'Invicta' steam engine

Stephenson's 'Invicta' steam engine

One of Britain’s railway icons is the ‘Invicta’ locomotive built by Robert Stephenson in 1830 for the Canterbury to Whitstable railway, the first in the world to operate a dedicated steam-powered passenger service.


Joseph Conrad's Study at Canterbury Heritage Museum

Joseph Conrad's study

Polish-born Conrad, commemorated in a bronze bust by Sir Jacob Epstein, lived for many years in the Canterbury area. Original items from Conrad’s study include his writing desk, favourite pen and chess set.



Canterbury Blitz

Canterbury Blitz

Find out about the devastating consequences of the ‘Baedeker’ Blitz of 1942 through surviving artefacts, wartime photographs and newsreel footage. Go inside a Morrison shelter, listen to stories and handle wartime objects.




Bagpuss and Rupert Bear

Bagpuss and Rupert Bear

Revisit childhood with the original Bagpuss and friends, including the Clangers, the Pogles, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. Meet Rupert Bear and his Canterbury creator Mary Tourtel in fun-packed displays.


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Adults £8.00

Discounts £6.00

Children free to a maximum of two children per paying adult

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Canterbury Heritage Museum
Stour Street, CT1 2NR

Phone: 01227 475202




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