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Whitstable Museum and Gallery, Whitstable

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Whitstable Museum and Gallery is a heritage centre in Whitstable, Kent, and is notable for its displays showing the history of the local oyster trade started by the Romans and of historical diving equipment. It is open on Thursdays to Sundays in summer, 11:00am to 4:30pm. Admission is free for locals and £3:00 for visitors, with access for the disabled.HistoryThe present museum was established in 1985. The museum received the Nautiek Award, for services to diving history, in 2001; the first time the award had been given to a UK establishment. A recent Arts Council grant has enabled the museum to be repainted, with new lighting and a general facelift.Entrance and buildingThe building is like the Tardis in that the tiny doorway opens up into a large hall of displays. In 1881 the Ancient Order of Foresters bought the building, and inscribed "Foresters' Hall" over the door.ExhibitsThe museum has collections and displays on themes of the natural world, local oyster trade, early diving and the actor Peter Cushing who lived locally, as well as displays on the 1953 floods, shipwrecks and maritime archaeology. The collections are held under the following headings: social history, science and technology, maritime, land transport, fine art, decorative and applied art, archives and archaeology.
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  • Four of us visited during a four night stay in Whitstable. It's a great place to sense the history and importance of the town. Small in size but packed with displays relating to such things as railway...  more »
  • Not open very often out of season so make sure you time your visit well. The museum is mainly the history of Whitstable with focus on the oysters fishing business which is an important part of the tow...  more »
  • This museum is only open on some days and is mainly staffed by volunteers. It is a welcoming place telling the history of Whitstable,  more »
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  • The major exhibition Whitstable Seafarers has been extended to Easter 2017. Whitstable Museum is open every Saturday plus Thursday to Sunday in school holiday weeks. Please visit.
  • If you like art it's worth a look if you are in the area.
  • Fine little museum and gallery. Wouldn't rush back but perfectly good to go to once.
  • This is a cool place, sunsets are amazing and the bars on the sea front are a most on a summers evening.