The RE Museum And Bridge Study Centre Brompton

Welcome to our Royal Engineers Museum page. It's one of the many brilliant things to see and do in the Medway Towns. 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.

About The RE Museum

This Engineers Museum is one of those places that you just won't believe when you take the time out to making a visit. The collection has great historical/cultural value and can be enjoyed by a wide audience. If you've got young children try to visit when they run their monthly workshops. Don't imagine this is a parochial regimental exhibition, it has an international flavour with many really important artifacts.

This museum tells the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers, the Sappers. It is a tale of courage, of creativity and innovation. 26 galleries contain displays charting the history of military engineering, from the creation of the Ordnance Survey to the beginnings of flying, from designing the Royal Albert Hall to the dangerous on-going task of bomb disposal. In peace and in war the corps has been everywhere and involved in everything.  

Exquisite Chinese embroideries given to General Gordon, uniforms, drawings, paintings are displayed alongside Zulu shields, tanks, torpedoes, bridges and early chemical weapons; some amazing exhibits. The medal collection is of national, if not international, importance with 25 VCs, 3 George Crosses, the regalia of Field Marshal Lord Kitchener and unique gallantry awards from the Falklands War.

The Bridge Study Centre

The Royal Engineers Museum Brompton

The cost of developing the Brompton Bridge Study Centre and model gallery was supported with a grant from Rochester Bridge Trust. It contains more than fifty model bridges including the Fort Amerhurst Bridge and a Baily Bridge kit. Even more exhibits can be seen in the Bridge Store on request.

Making A Visit

A quick tour of the galleries requires 1 1/2 hours, a detailed tour up to 4 hours.  For anyone with more than a passing interest in history there is too much much to take in on a single visit. 

A lecture room with 30 seats and a separate 30 seat school schools room with a handling collection can be booked in advance for groups.

There is parking for cars and coaches on site as well as  toilet and refreshment facilities. Good wheelchair access with a wheelchair lift to the upper level. The well stocked gift shop does accept postal and telephone orders. There is a picnic area in the grounds. The museum runs monthly workshops which are great fun (call the Education Officer on 01634 822312) and the venue is available for corporate hire (contact the Commercial Officer on 01634 406397).

Opening Hours

  • Open - Tuesday to Friday - 9.00am to 5.00pm
  • Open - Saturday, Sunday & Bank Holiday Mondays - 11.30am to 5.00pm
  • Closed - Monday, Christmas week and New Years Day

Facilities

  • Large car/ coach park
  • Toilet facilities (Ladies, Gents, Disabled)
  • Baby changing
  • Wheelchair
  • Wheelchair ramps for access
  • Outdoor picnic area
  • Museum Shop selling souvenirs, gifts, postcards and books
  • Refreshment area with vending machines selling crisps, sweets, hot and cold drinks

Prices

  • Adult - £7.80
  • Concession - £5.20
  • Family - £20.80
  • Children under 5 - free
  • Serving Royal Engineers - free

Location & Contact

  • Royal Engineers Museum of Military Engineering, Prince Arthur Road, Gillingham, Kent ME4 4UG
  • 01634 822839
  • www.remuseum.org.uk

Feedback & Reviews

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