Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

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Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery shares the special story of the borough of Tunbridge Wells. Enjoy our wonderful collections, visit our major exhibitions and take part in activities for everyone.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 09.30-17.00, Sun 10.00-16.00

Closed Bank Holidays & Easter Sat

Admission charges


Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Material Obsessions: British Folk Art in Tunbridge Wells

  • 16 January — 31 May 2015 *on now

Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery celebrates the return of part of its folk art collection from exhibtion at Tate Britain and Compton Verney Art Gallery.

Material Obsessions also shocases other extraordinary but often unsung art from the Museum's diverse folk art collection.

Highlights include: collages by the eccentric artist George Smart, the tailor of Frant, and a stunningly complex Crimean War quilt made by convalescing soldiers from thousands of pieces of their uniform fabric.

Suitable for

  • Any age





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A Walk on the Wild Side

  • 12 June — 20 September 2015

What inspires artists to draw and paint animals? What makes people want to create taxidermy from dead animals?

A Walk on the Wild Side is an exhibition that explores our relationship with animals, from the early Renaissance period through to modern history.

A mixture of natural history, fine art, and everyday objects, this exhibition explores why humans have an enduring fascination and curiosity with the animal kingdom.

Highlights of the exhibition include: Exciting loans from the British Museum, the British Library alongside objects from the Museum's own collections.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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.
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Material Obsessions 'Craft In'

  • 28 May 2015 6-8pm

In association with Knitted Love, Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery will be hosting a monthly 'knit-in' open to all. A great opportunity to come and be inspired by the Material Obsessions exhibition and create your own folk art.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 14-15
  • 16-17



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.

Friday Fun


A drop-in art, craft and storytelling session for children aged 2-5 years with an accompanying adult. The session begins and ends with a story centred on a Tunbridge Wells Museum object. After the activities, spend as long as you like exploring the museum and making something to take away.

How to obtain

There’s no need to book for this free event. Contact the museum on 01892 554171 for further details.

Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery
Civic Centre
Mount Pleasant
Tunbridge Wells






01892 554171


01892 554131

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.