Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Tunbridge Wells

(3.5/5 based on 75+ reviews on the web)
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  • This museum is part of the Civic Centre Complex built in the 1930's which includes the Library, Town Hall, Council Chamber, Committee Rooms, Assembly Hall/Theatre and Police Station all in the centre ...  more »
  • You treat an edifice multifunctional do ve is the library and alumano up the small museum. Actually not much for standard English.
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  • Large amount of really interesting exhibits in a very small space, just two rooms really. A lot of really beautiful examples of Tunbridge ware, I'm afraid I just examined the lovely objects and skippe...  more »
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  • A bit nonplussed to be honest! I don't think the website's boasts of having an art gallery are doing it any favours. A room with a couple of dolls houses and 2 (nonfunctional, doesn't anyone take pride in presentation these days?) torches doesn't do it for me. We thought we had come to the wrong floor and asked the museum lady but she confirmed thats all there was. There are some nice works of art within the museum across the landing but in all not, I think, enough to justify its claim to be an art gallery
  • Great little museum with super friendly staff! I've got a zealous 3 old boy who was, making his voice heard, when I apologised too the staff member she said 'don't worry its a museum not a library!'...she then pointed out the brilliant interactive exhibits. Thank you
  • With regular and diverse exhibitions, carefully displayed local history and friendly staff, The museum is a must visit in the town. Kids will love it. There is plenty for them to see and do. As a Tunbridge Wells local, I regularly visit to see the new exhibitions and revisit my favourite pieces of Our towns history.
  • Lovely museum with local history and other interesting exhibitions. I even saw a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds there as well as admiral Nelson's letter.
  • A review on "Dave McKean, A Retrospective." The arts event was a retrospective of the works by Dave McKean. I attended on 19th February, the middle of the showing of the display. It was held at the Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery. It shows examples of his work, the range of skills he uses and how he creates his work. It demonstrated his works as an illustrator and comic book designer. I have never seen anything like this before because his work was very realistic and gothic. It is also not a form of art that gets displayed often. Dave McKean is an illustrator and multimedia artist. His work includes book jackets, album covers, posters, book illustration, graphic novels and film. McKean is perhaps most famously known for his work with author Neil Gaiman on titles like Coraline and The Sandman, and more recently his work with Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck Cookbook (2008) and Richard Dawkins' The Magic of Reality (2011). In the display I liked how it showed the different techniques and the range of styles found in an art form which has little recognition as one. I liked how it showed a different aspect to cartoon design. It showed a realistic and almost gory style instead of the usual suitable for all and unrealistic style. I didn’t like how it seemed to keep Dave McKean as an artist that can only stick to one style because further research shows that he has a vast range of styles. From children books to film and the display only showed how his style is a horror inspired theme and not how he has applied this to different aspect of his work. I would recommend it to people who have already seen some of his work and want to learn more about it. If you went in there without at least seeing some of it, you might be surprised and slightly disgusted about it because it doesn’t stick with the usual expectations of comic design. I knew a little bit of his work before but this gallery expanded my thoughts on comic design and taught my different techniques to try in the future.