7 Museums to Visit in Kent This Half Term

What’s on the agenda for half term? Fancy learning about the history and culture of the county you live in? 

Kent has a broad range of museums which are inspiring spots for all members of the family to explore. It’s time to recharge, unwind and discover some important events in history. A trip to the museum can be the ideal adventure when it’s cold and wet outside. From the history of the Romans to vintage transport, Kent’s towns boast a wide variety of museums. 

We have listed a few of our favourite museums for you to visit this half term. Teach the kids something they didn’t already know! You’ll be bound to spark some interesting conversations and share facts about your fun-filled week. Plus, you won’t have to travel far to one of these museums, and it won’t cost a fortune for you and the family.

1) Canterbury Roman Museum

Adults £9 (Children 2 per adult go free)

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’. 

2) Dover Transport Museum

Adults £8, Children £4 (5-16 years)

It is said to be the only of its kind in Kent. The museum is home to vintage transport and a shop front. There’s a large, visitor operated model railway and a taxi/bus hunt for children –plenty to keep families entertained!

3) Maidstone Museum

Free Entry 

Renowned as one of the best museums in the South East and as having one of the largest collections in Kent, Maidstone Museum is worth a visit. Its collection ranges from Local History to Ancient Egypt and much more. February half-term workshops for kids are running between 18th and 21st of February. 

4) Teapot Island Museum

Adults £2.50, Children £1.50

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.

5) The Toy Museum at Penshurst Place

Adults £12.50, Children £6.50

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. February Half Term fun runs from 15th-23rd February with great inventions garden trail!

6) Romney Marsh Wartime Collection

Adults £4 Children (Under 16 free)

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.

7) Spitfire Museum

Free Admission 

The iconic RAF fighter planes of the Second World War, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI and the Hawker Hurricane IIC, housed under one museum roof at the historic Battle of Britain airfield in Manston, Kent.

We hope you make the most of this half term and we’d love to hear about your adventures. Let us know which museum you chose to visit and comment on our Kent-teach Facebook page.

If you’re looking for more attractions to visit in Kent, try one of these hidden gems: 5 Things You Need To Do In Kent Before 2021.

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