Canterbury Heritage Museum

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Stour Street
Canterbury
CT1 2NR
England

Website

www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

E-mail

museums@canterbury.gov.uk

Telephone

01227 475 202

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Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amazing medieval building.

Includes Anglo-Saxon treasures, Oliver Postgate's Thomas Becket story, the Tudors, Joseph Conrad's study, the Blitz gallery, Stephenson's original Invicta railway engine, Rupert Bear and the real Bagpuss.

Around the museum are over 30 exciting hands-on activities for families - you can write your name in Viking runes, sniff medieval poo, investigate finds like an archaeologist, try on Elizabethan costume and listen to wartime memories.

Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin created their much loved children's programme just outside Canterbury. See the real Bagpuss in Emily's shop window, original Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. And discover some Bagpuss secrets!

Rupert Bear was created by Canterbury-born Mary Tourtel. Discover his fascinating story, join in his adventures, see inside his house, and enjoy lots of fun activities including a giant snakes and ladders game.

Built in 1373, the museum was originally a medieval hospital for poor, sick and retired priests. Explore this magnificent timber-framed building to discover fascinating stories of former uses from medieval hospital, to workhouse and World War Two ambulance station, and marvel at its magnificent crown post roofs blackened by centuries of smoke.

Spend some time relaxing or picnicking in the medieval herb garden.

Free Digiguide Tour - see and listen to animated stories about famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building's history on the museums hand-help computer guide. A highlights tour in English, French, German and Japanese.

Canterbury Heritage Museum currently houses some of the art collection from the Beaney Museum and Art Gallery, which is presently closed for redevelopment.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

See website

Admission charges

Adults £8.00
Discounts (senior citizens, students, people with disabilities - proof of status may be required) £6.00
Children - free to a maximum of 2 per paying adult, £1.50 per child thereafter.

Free entry (except for some special events) for Canterbury Residents Card holders. If you don't have a Residents Card, come in and sign up to receive free entry today!

A joint ticket for the Canterbury Roman Museum and Canterbury Heritage Museum can be purchased: Adults £10.00, Discounts £8.00

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

Entrance through Stour Street, which is 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West or 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East train station. 10 minutes from the City's Park and Ride terminal and bus station.

Parking : with charge

Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Canterbury West station.

Collection details

Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Film and Media, Land Transport, Literature, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Medieval Canterbury Discovery Gallery
  • Christopher Marlowe whodunnit display
  • Wartime Blitz experience
  • Joseph Conrad Gallery
  • Bagpuss and Clangers display
  • Rupert Bear Museum / Mary Tourtel
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Spooky Hallowe'en Fun!

  • 25 October — 2 November 2014

Pick up a Hallowe'en trail sheet and explore the galleries in a fun interactive adventure! Then create your own Hallowe'en mask or floating balloon ghost to take home! Suitable for families with children age 3 to 12.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£1 per child in addition to standard museum admission.

Website

http://www.canterbury-museums.co.uk

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Litte Ruperts

http://www.canterbury.gov.uk/buildpage.php?id=1293

Come along for storytelling, singing and art activities for children aged 0-5 years with Rupert, Bagpuss and friends. Materials and refreshments are provided.

How to obtain

Sessions cost £2 per child with the accompanying adult free.

Getting there

Entrance through Stour Street, which is 5 minutes walk from the City Centre. 10 minutes walk from Canterbury West or 15 minutes walk from Canterbury East train station. 10 minutes from the City's Park and Ride terminal and bus station.

Parking : with charge

Accessible by Public Transport : 2 miles (3.2 kms) from Canterbury West station.

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