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Crab Museum

Nature & Wildlife
Heritage and Gardens
Heritage and Gardens

A new and unique all-ages visitor attraction in Margate’s Old Town.

Discover the secrets of these remarkable animals, from the forgotten story of the giant Margate Crab to what the extinct Sooty Crayfish has in common with fidget spinners.

Our Museum connects crabs to all sorts of things - from history and philosophy to climate change and jokes about woodlice. Our exhibits explore the forgotten scandal of the Margate Crab, how crabs affect our daily lives, and how the history of crabs and the future of humans are more entangled than you might realise.

The Museum features interactive ways to learn about the natural world, with plenty of things to see, hear, touch and smell.

It’s the only museum in Europe dedicated to decapod crustaceans, and the only place on Earth where you can find out what Stephen Crabb MP has in common with a prehistoric shrimp.

Browse the Museum Shop 

Well behaved dogs welcome.

Free, with some ticketed events


Free entry


First Floor
9 Broad Street





Opening Times

Open Friday - Sunday 11am- 5pm, last entry 4.30pm

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Contact Us
Visitor Information Centre
The Droit House
Stone Pier
Kent CT9 1JD
Te: 01843 577577
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