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About Whitstable Museum and Gallery
Whitstable’s Museum and Gallery has an excellent collection that documents the town’s rich heritage as well as providing wonderful activities for children. The broad spectrum of historical items within the main building paints a rich picture of Whitstable throughout the ages, and thanks to a huge community effort in recent years this collection is always expanding.
The famous Invicta steam engine, the sister engine to Stephenson’s Rocket, has finally returned home after being displayed in Canterbury for many years. This marks 189 years since the engine first arrived in Whitstable to transport coal, goods and passengers to the city. A hotspot for rail enthusiasts, the Invicta is an iconic milestone in British engineering. Also contained is an insightful collection of the late Peter Cushing’s personal items and records of his time as a Hollywood actor. Cushing was well known for his love of Whitstable with even the Wetherspoons here baring his namesake.
After years of neglect the museum is now in a brilliant position after being taken over by a charitable trust. The organisation is entirely volunteer run and when you visit you can really see the passion and dedication they have for the collection and the story it tells. A fantastic example of this is the current restoration of a 70-year-old whelking boat named the Floreat. After arriving in 1997 it lay dormant until 2016 when work began to regain its former glory and open up a previously unused courtyard of the building.
The Whitstable Museum is a must see for anyone who loves history or just wants to find out a little more about the town. Its collection is concise yet elegantly displayed and is the perfect afternoon activity for adults and children alike.
- Mon: Closed
- Tue: Closed
- Wed: Closed
- Thu: From August 10.30 am to 4pm
- Fri: From July 10.30 am - 4:00pm
- Sat: From July 10.30 am - 4:00pm
- Sun: Closed