10 of Kent’s Most Interesting Museums

It’s International Museum Day on the 18th of May, this is a day to raise awareness on the importance of museums and how they help to develop society. Museums are a great way to improve your knowledge and learn more about our history. Kent has a large number of different museums to explore! We’ve picked 10 of the most interesting museums. How many have you visited with your students?

The Canterbury Heritage Museum 
Having lived through six centuries of the city’s history; it can certainly tell the history of Canterbury. Its exhibits include displays dating from the pre-Roman era to the present. There are many interactive aspects, and events are held regularly. It is also home to the Rupert Bear Room and the Bagpuss Room! Why not try the Blitz Quiz between the 28th of May and the 5th of June?

Romney Marsh Wartime Collection
With exhibitions both inside and outside, the Romney Marsh Wartime Collection and the Brenzett Aeronautical Museum Trust is located within a building originally used as hostels for the Women’s Land Army. Exhibitions within include a unique collection of wartime equipment.

Kent Firefighting Museum
Housed inside a large Scandinavian log cabin, the Kent Firefighting Museum holds historical firefighting appliances, equipment, artefacts and documentary records. On the 4th of June, the museum is holding a Word War Two Weekend, where they will have “re-enactors, a 1940’s fire station watch room and wartime fire engines”.

Dover Transport Museum
It is said to be the only of its kind in Kent. The museum is home to vintage transport and shop front. There’s a large, visitors operated model railway and a taxi/bus hunt for children – there’s plenty to keep families entertained. Why not attend the 1940’s and Military Vehicle weekend on the 21st and 22nd of May.

Canterbury Roman Museum
Kent’s only Roman Museum – In 1868, workmen unwittingly discovered a ‘beautifully preserved Roman floor mosaic’. The museum was built in order to preserve this. Discover various parts of Roman history including pottery, jewellery, the ‘Dea Nutrix’ and the ‘Hypocast’. Create your own Iron Age Helmet on the 28th of May.

Kent Police Museum
Including displays relating to the history of Kent County Constabulary. It holds uniforms, medals, scene of crime evidence, photographs and more. The collection started in 1960 and has been built up since then. It is currently undergoing some ‘exciting changes’!

Teapot Island Museum
Established in 2003, it houses the biggest collection of teapots in England. It has over 7600 teapots! There’s an option to paint your own pottery, including teapots, which is great for families.

The Toy Museum at Penshurst Place
Explore the house which is described as “the grandest and most perfectly preserved example of a fortified manor house.” The toy museum opened in 1970, and has displays toys from many eras! There’s also a ‘Toy Museum Trail’ for children.

Maidstone Museum
Renowned as one of the best museums in the South East and as having one of the largest collections in Kent, Maidstone Museum is definitely worth a visit. Its collection ranges from Local History to Ancient Egypt and much more. It is also home to the Bentlif Art Gallery. During half term, join the museum for Dino Week, full of fun filled, dinosaur related activities.

Spitfire Museum
Located at the historic RAF airfield in Manston. Its main attractions are the Spitfire MK XVI and the Hurricane IIC but it does hold other, smaller collections. It allows school groups to visit and offers guided tours. On the 28th of May, the Spitfire Museum is commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Manston Airfield which includes various exhibitions and acts.  

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