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