Powell-Cotton Museum

Powell-Cotton Museum
Quex Park
Park Lane
Birchington
Kent
CT7 0BH
England

Website

www.quexmuseum.org

E-mail

enquiries@quexmuseum.org

Telephone

01843 842 168

Fax

01843 846 661

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Museum created by PHG Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) housing his collections from 25 expeditions to Africa and 5 trips to SE Asia between 1889 and 1939 (26 years actually on African soil). Three galleries of amazing animal diorama displays - the finest in this country - depicting more than 250 African and Asian mammals against their natural habitats. A further five large galleries displaying a vast collection of African ethnographic artefacts, European firearms, European and Asian cutting weopons, European porcelain and Chinese export and imperial porcelain, and important archaeological finds from Thanet and East Kent. Six public rooms in the Regency House showing Oriental and English period furniture, English and Dutch glass and a small collection of clocks.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

•Open Tuesday - Sunday and BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS
•Museum and Gardens - Tuesday 13 January to Friday 18 December 2015 -10am-5pm
•Quex House - Tuesday March 31 to Sunday 1 November 2015 - 1pm-4pm

Admission charges

Adult £8.00
Under 16/Concession £6.00
Under 5 free
Family £24.00
Gardens only £4; under 16/Concession £3

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens lie at the heart of Quex Park on the southern boundary of Birchington, a coastal village west of Margate in Kent the home of the NEW Turner Contemporary, about 75 miles from London, 12 miles from the historic city of Canterbury and 4 miles from the ferry port of Ramsgate.

FREE parking for cars and coaches. Disabled parking is located close to the museum entrance.

BY ROAD: from London take the M2, or from Canterbury the A28, and follow the signs for Margate. As you enter Birchington, the Powell-Cotton Museum is clearly signposted alongside All Saints Church (which is on your left). Turn right into Park Lane following directions to Acol. The entrance to Quex Park and the Museum is half a mile on the left.

Please note: If using SAT NAV please ignore the instruction to turn right at this point.

BY RAIL: the journey from London Victoria to Birchington-on-Sea, takes around 1 3/4 hours. The pleasant 1 mile walk along Station Road and Park Lane takes about 20 minutes, although taxis are available. The Highspeed train from St Pancras to Margate takes 1 hour 20 minutes.

BY BUS: Thanet's number 8 bus stops at Birchington Square. The half mile walk along Park Lane and into Quex Park takes under 10 minutes.

Additional info

Free car and coach parking

Internationally important collections of African and Asian mammals including many Type Specimens, especially higher primate skeletal, and ethnography; weapons - firearms, cutting weapons and cannon; decorative arts from Britain, Europe, S.E. Asia and the Far East; archaeology from East Kent; photographic and film collection of African zoology and culture; fine collection of African and Asian travel and hunting books; archival material relating to Rowland Ward's taxidermy and extensive supporting evidence for the collections.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Film and Media, Fine Art, Maritime, Music, Natural Sciences, Photography, Religion, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Diorama
  • African explorer
  • Kashmir
  • Ladak
  • African mammals
  • Congo
  • Ovambo
  • Kyanyama
  • Zande
  • Angola
  • Namibia
  • Sudan
  • Uganda
  • Congo
  • Nile
  • Abyssinia
  • Chinese Imperial Porcelain
  • Cannon
  • Royal George
  • John Deane
  • Diving History
  • Congreve clock
  • Powell-Cotton
  • East India Company
  • African Ethnography
  • Netsuke; 1930 film
  • glassplate photography
  • Taxidermy
  • zoology
  • weapons
  • sword
  • rifle
  • natural history
  • Rowland Ward
  • Giant Sable
  • Edward Gerrard
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.
Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome to the Jungle

  • 4 May 2015 11:30am-1pm

The bugs are back in town. With more insects than you can shake a snake at and a few reptiles too. Renown for the huge dioramas of African wildlife the museum’s attention shifts to the smaller inhabitants of these vast wild spaces and possibly some familiar insect faces from closer to home.
You will get close and personal with a variety of wild things during the event and this year you will see these beasts even more closely. With a fly’s eye view of a spider as they go under the microscope and are projected on a screen.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Powell-Cotton Museum

Admission

£8 adults, £6 children (includes admission to the Museum, House and Gardens)
Members Adults £5, Children £3

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/welcome-to-the-jungle.html

Night at the Museum

Sleepover for families

  • 16 May 2015 8-11:59pm

Join The Explorer at the Powell-Cotton Museum where you will be able to stay overnight in the galleries.

As twilight descends you will drop your gear at base camp and set out into the museum gardens to listen to the evening chorus and look for crepuscular creatures.

Once the garden circuit is complete we return to the museum where fun and games commence. Movement, memory and alphabet games start the evening’s activities. Create your own diorama box, followed by storytelling before sleeping under the watchful glazed gaze of 500 African mammals.

The sleepover runs until 9am on Sunday 17 May.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Family friendly

Where

Powell-Cotton Musem

Admission

£35.00 adults. £30.00 children £120.00 family ticket. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No more than five children in a group with an adult

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/night-at-the-museum.html

Archery

Have-a-go-Archery

  • 25 May 2015 10am-5pm

As above

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Ads £4, Child £3. Garden admission only. Includes 6 FREE arrows. £2 charge for additional 6 arrows.

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/night-at-the-museum.html

A closer look ...

A closer look ....

  • 26 — 29 May 2015

Two sessions each day at 11am-12.30pm and 1.30pm- 3pm

Take a closer look at the museum collection to use as inspiration to create your own masterpiece. Use water colour paints and learn some basic drawing techniques to draw your favourite object to take home.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex park, Birchington CT7 0BH

Admission

Ads £8, Chd £6 ( includes entry to the Museum, House and Gardens)
Members Adults £5, Children £3

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/a-closer-look-at.html

Archaeology for you

Festival of Archaeology 2014: Archaeology for You

  • 11 July 2015 10am-5pm

Our Archaeology for You event will be held in the gardens of the Powell-Cotton Museum. Archaeology for You is a day of hands-on activities and workshops exploring the methods used by archaeologists to discover, record and analyse the remains left by the people of the past.

We aim to give you a taste of the skills archaeologists use to preserve the past from recording sites and examining the finds that come from them. We will be joined again by local Iron Age and Roman re-enactment group De Bello Canzio.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£4 Adults and £3 Children (Garden admission only).

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/archaeology-for-you.html

Heritage Open Weekend

Heritage Open Weekend

  • 12 — 13 September 2015 11am-3pm

Heritage Open Days
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 September 2015 Tours at 11am-12pm, 1pm-2pm and 3pm-4pm SPECIAL PRICE ENTRY to the Museum, House and Gardens applies to visitors attending the talk and tour.

Places are limited, to reserve a place please book early to avoid disappointment.

Normal admission applies to visitors not attending the Heritage Open Day

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age

Where

Powell-Cotton Museum and Quex House

Admission

Normal admission applies to visitors not attending the Heritage Open Day

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/heritage-open-days.html

Murder Mystery

Murder Mystery

  • 31 October 2015 7-10pm

Saturday 31 October 2015
Powell-Cotton Museum and Quex House
7pm-10pm

£25 to include light supper - (please contact us with any dietary requirements). Licenced bar opening throughout the evening.

BUY your tickets NOW 01843 842168

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Powell-Cotton Museum and Quex House

Admission

£25 to include light supper

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/murder-mystery-evening.html

Quexmas 2014

Quexmas - Craft Fair

  • 22 November 2015 10am-4pm

Quexmas - Craft Fair
Sunday 22 November 2015

Powell-Cotton Museum and Quex House
10am-4pm

Christmas crafts, Santa's Grotto, face painting, children's crafts, carriage rides and festive singing.

TO BOOK A STALL CALL THE MUSEUM 01843 842168 AND SPEAK TO CATH OR FRAN.

£3 Adults entry (includes entry to a prize draw) Children FREE

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Powell-Cotton Museum and Quex House

Admission

Admission £3 Adults (accompanied children under 16 FREE)

Website

http://www.quexpark.co.uk/events/quexmas.html

Getting there

The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House & Gardens lie at the heart of Quex Park on the southern boundary of Birchington, a coastal village west of Margate in Kent the home of the NEW Turner Contemporary, about 75 miles from London, 12 miles from the historic city of Canterbury and 4 miles from the ferry port of Ramsgate.

FREE parking for cars and coaches. Disabled parking is located close to the museum entrance.

BY ROAD: from London take the M2, or from Canterbury the A28, and follow the signs for Margate. As you enter Birchington, the Powell-Cotton Museum is clearly signposted alongside All Saints Church (which is on your left). Turn right into Park Lane following directions to Acol. The entrance to Quex Park and the Museum is half a mile on the left.

Please note: If using SAT NAV please ignore the instruction to turn right at this point.

BY RAIL: the journey from London Victoria to Birchington-on-Sea, takes around 1 3/4 hours. The pleasant 1 mile walk along Station Road and Park Lane takes about 20 minutes, although taxis are available. The Highspeed train from St Pancras to Margate takes 1 hour 20 minutes.

BY BUS: Thanet's number 8 bus stops at Birchington Square. The half mile walk along Park Lane and into Quex Park takes under 10 minutes.

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