Margate Museum

*From Saturday 14th March the museum will be closed until further notice 

Margate Museum is housed in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Margate Old Town, and is an 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 Eugenius Birch's Iron Jetty of 1857. There are many unique examples of paintings, 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 also home to the Rowe Collection, Parker Bequest, Old Margate Borough Collection, pictures, prints, engravings, Civic Paintings, home to the Sunbeam Photographic Collection and The Beautiful Cobb Cabinet.

Opening Times

Wednesday and Weekends all year plus Summer Bank Holidays 11am-5pm (Last admission 4pm)
Look out for special exhibition open days


Market Place
Margate Old Town

Entry Price

Adults: £2
Senior £1.50
Children: Under 16s Free with accompanied adult
Joint ticket with Tudor House £3, Concession £2.50