Margate Museum

The museum is housed in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Margate Old Town, and is a unique example of a Victorian Police Station and Magistrates Court, which displays an eclectic history of the seaside town of Margate over the past 5,500 years.

The Cells and Magistrates Court hold a unique collection of Margate history, including that of the Borough Police from 1857, sea bathing & bathing machines, the 1815 arrival of Paddle Steamers,Cobb's Brewery & Bank, Punch & Judy, and Donkeys on the Beach. There are exhibits about Margate in war Time, Roman-British history, Dr. David Jarvis' Wooden Jetty of 1824 and Eugenus Birch's Iron Jetty of 1857. There are also many unique examples of paitings, prints and engravings which show the growth of the village of Meergate into the town of Margate.

Free guided tours are available which include the stories behind many of the artefacts.

Set over 2 floors, the Museum is home to Home to the Rowe Collection, Parker Bequest, Old Margate Borough Collection... Pictures, Prints, Engravings, Civic Paintings. Home to the Sunbeam Photographic Collection, The Beautiful Cobb Cabinet.

Between February and May 2018, the museum will have two artist installations in Cells 1 and 3 (as part of the 'Wasteland' exhibition at Turner Contemporary.) For this period, the ground floor cells will be open outside of museum opening hours (with donations admission.)  

Commended Pride in Thanet Tourism Award 'Volunteer of the Year' 2015


  • Guided tours
  • Groups welcome
  • Coaches welcome
  • Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Registered Assistance Dogs welcome
  • Gift shop