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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  • August 20, 2017
    What a treasure this museum is - friendly staff and welcome and sooo much information to give you a taste of what has formed this charming town. It was moving to read about the fight the town has had ...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    It's a quirky little museum accessed through what appears to be a converted Nissan hut. Beyond a couple of rooms telling the history of Whitstable through defunct machinery, mementoes of the closed ra...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    A great museum full of surprising artefacts and stories of Whitstable. All sorts of pictures from the wartime and when it was flooded. Easy to miss the entrance as its looks small, but when you get in...  more »
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  • Interesting history of the town and surrounding area. Volunteers are extremely knowledgeable and keen to share their love of whitstable
  • 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.
  • Fine little museum and gallery. Wouldn't rush back but perfectly good to go to once.
  • If you like art it's worth a look if you are in the area.
  • This is a cool place, sunsets are amazing and the bars on the sea front are a most on a summers evening.

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