Herne Bay Museum and Gallery

Herne Bay Museum and Gallery
12 William Street
Herne Bay

logo: Heritage Open Days 2014







01227 367368

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This coastal museum features the story of the Victorian seaside resort of Herne Bay and its surrounding area, with exciting finds from nearby Reculver Roman fort. Displays include local paintings, prints and photos, mammoth tusks and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife and a Barnes Wallis Bouncing Bomb prototype from World War Two.

Among display themes are seaside holidays and attractions, the town's piers, clock tower and the development of the resort. Fun hands-on activities and a family trail.

The art gallery has a programme of regularly changing temporary exhibitions featuring touring shows, local history displays and work by local artists. Events include creative workshops and special activities for schools and groups.

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Opening hours

Please see the website for information about opening times.

Admission charges

Adults £2
Discounrts £1.00
Children free to a maximum of 2 per adult
Group Tickets available

Getting there

9 miles from Canterbury via A28 and A291.

Parking : with charge

Accessible by Public Transport : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Herne Bay station.

Collection details

Archives, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Natural Sciences

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

French Dressing at 50: celebrating Ken Russell's film

  • 7 August — 28 September 2014 *on now

Director Ken Russell's first ever feature film was set in Herne Bay, and came out 50 years ago. The beach, bandstand and pier recognisably starred in the film, and many Herne Bay residents were extras. It became an international cult classic, featuring styles and themes associated with Russell's later films - the cause of so much outrage in their day.

Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 4.30pm


Adults £2
Discounts £1
Children free to a maximum of two children per paying adult



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.

Heritage Open Days 2014: Walk Back in Time

  • 14 September 2014

A choice of two guided walks around historic Herne Bay, led by members of the Herne Bay Historical Records Society. Lasting approximately 1 to 1.5 hours, these gentle walks will bring to life the fascinating history of the town.


Please refer to the Heritage Open Days website for booking details and timings.



Getting there

9 miles from Canterbury via A28 and A291.

Parking : with charge

Accessible by Public Transport : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Herne Bay station.