Quex Park And The Powell-Cotton Museum, Home Of Kent Crisps

Welcome to our Quex Park And The Powell-Cotton Museum page. It's one of the many brilliant things to see and do in the Thanet area. We welcome your comments if you've visited the Museum or have some thoughts about local places of interest in general. Our contact details are at the bottom of the page. For more suggestions of places to visit in and around the area check out our Discover Kent page.

Quex Park is home to the Powell-Cotton Museum and now Quex Food (the makers of Kent Crisps), it's also a popular weddings and corporate event venue.

The origins of the museum date back to the end 19th century when it was founded in 1896 by Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton. The collections are so vast that they haven't been fully catalogued but they are thought to total significantly more than 20,000 individual pieces. They include:

  • 500 preserved and stuffed animals from across Africa and Asia
  • A huge and unusual collection of African artifacts
  • An important collection of European firearms
  • An international collection of bladed weapons
  • Important local archaeological finds

If the word museum conjures up images of boring days spent on school trips think again, a visit to this Museum will change your opinion. It's worth a visit just to see galleries with animals from Africa and Asia laid out in the Museum's fine dioramas in what appear to be their natural habitats, there are many species and sub-species, too numerous to list here. There is also a selection of monkeys, gorillas and chimpanzees. You can also see many artefacts from around the world, together with guns and all kinds of weaponry.

A visit to the house to learn the history of how it all got started is interesting. After you have had a walk around the gardens or gone to have a look at the Waterloo Tower, you can picnic or buy refreshments in the tearoom. A really good day out.

Opening Times for Summer 2012:

  • Monday 2 April-Friday 2 November 2012
    Open Tuesday - Sunday and BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS (incl Monday 2 April)

  • Museum and Gardens 10am - 5pm
  • The House opens from 2pm - 5pm

Admission Charges 2012:

  • Adults: £7.00
  • Concessions: £5.00
  • (Senior citizens, children up to 16 & disabled)
  • Under 5's: Free
  • Family Ticket: £20.00
  • (2 adults, up to 3 children)

Gardens Only

  • Adults: £2.00
  • Concessions: £1.50
    (Senior citizens, children up to 16 & disabled)
  • Full time students: £1.50
  • Under 5's: Free

Friends of Quex free entry to the museum house and gardens and Friends events

Quex can be found at:

  • Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington CT7 0BH
  • Tel.: 01843 842168
  • www.quexmuseum.org

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