Dover Museum Home To The Bronze Age Boat

A Brilliant Local Museum, Set In The Middle Of Town

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The Dover Museum was founded in the old Guildhall by Edward Thomas in 1836 which makes it one of the Kent's oldest. It was originally managed by the Dover Philosophical Institute and a short time later it was taken over by the town council. And moved to its current location. The greatest change to the collections ocurred in 1942 when extensive damage was created by shelling from Frace.

The current home of the collection is actually a modern building covered by the original Victorian facade of the museum's first home. The exhibits are spread over three floors; the ground floor holding The Archeological Gallery, the first floor is dedicated to a regularly changing series of special exhibitions and the second floor charts Dover's history from 1066 and is home to the Bronze Age Boat Gallery.

The museum has a very strong local focus and such is the breadth and depth of East Kent's history that there are a number of important local artifacts on display, most notably The Bronze Age Boat. The Bronze Age Boat is the oldest known seagoing boat in the world and an exhibit of international importance. The vessel is over 3,400 years old and remarkable well preserved and was discovered in 1992 when the new Folkestone to Dover link road was under construction.

The museum works very hard at appealing to a family audience and includes a range of interactive displays supported by fun events. The Family Fun Days are an important way the Museum is making local history acessible to the widest audience. Check the museum website for a diary of innovative events.

Wheelchair Access

  • Dover Museum has Wheelchair access with lifts making the upper floors available.

Opening Hours 2012

  • 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday
  • 10am-3pm Sunday (April-Sept)
  • Closed Sundays September to March
  • Closed December 25th and 26th and on 1st January

Prices 2012

  • Adult - £3.50
  • Concessions - £2.25
  • Family Ticket - £10

Location And Contact

  • Market Square,
    Dover, Kent,
    CT16 1PB
  • Tel: 01304 201066
  • www.dover.gov.uk

The Museum is in the Market Square at the centre of town and enjoys nearby parking and good public transport access.

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