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Celebrating International Museum Day

Thanet Tourism
11th May 2022

There is no better pastime than having a nose around a museum discovering and learning new things.

This International Museum Day (Wednesday 18th May) we take a look and celebrate our unique and beloved museums just waiting to welcome you…..

Famous Faces

You may have heard of Thanet’s famous faces, but have you visited the museums associated with them? Explore Charles Dickens’ relationship with Broadstairs through his letters, personal items and Victoriana in the home  that was the home of Mary Pearson Strong, the inspiration for Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield.

The Parlour of Dickens House Museum, Broadstairs

Trains and Planes

Located in a flint tower, Crampton Tower Museum is dedicated to Victorian engineer Thomas Russell Crampton, a designer of locomotives and railways.

Manston is home to not one but two museums. See the iconic Battle of Britain fighters up close at the museum that shares their name, The Spitfire and Hurricane Museum. Have a go piloting a Spitfire in the simulator. Learn about the airfield’s history from 1916 to present through the aircraft and exhibits displayed at RAF Manston History Museum

RAF Manston History Museum. Credit DJS Photographic

Childhood Memories

Relive your childhood memories of playing with Britain's best loved toys - airfix, corgi, hornby and scalextric at Hornby Visitor Centre 

Ramsgate’s Micro Museum is a world of wonder discovering personal computing history alongside classic games you can play on retro consoles.

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The Micro Museum, Ramsgate

Take a step back in time

Discover over 5000 years of Margate history in the museum housed in the town's old police station. From sea bathing machines, shipwrecks to paddle steamers and day trippers, what will you discover?

Margate Museum

Under and over the Sea

Who hasn’t gone crabbing when at the beach? Now learn more about this intriguing creature at Europe’s #1 Crab Museum, a baffling tourist attraction found in Margate Old Town.

Fascinated by the sea? Ramsgate Maritime Museum housed at the site of the towns’ mean time, tells of the Stuart warships, fishing, navigation and lifeboats

Crab Museum, Margate

Journey of Discover

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, is a hidden gem of the Isle. Go on a journey of discovery through African and Asian breath-taking natural history collections and fascinating cultural objects. Take a stroll around the 7 acres of gardens and woodland before a tour of the Grade II listed historic house.

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Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington

Discover more about the area's history, learn new things and take a trip through time at  

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