Dover Museum


Dover Museum is much more than just a local history and archaeology museum. Situated in the town centre of Dover, Britain’s historic port town, this modern museum tells the fascinating story of this rich and important area.

School Activity Days

Cross-curricular school activity days for Key Stage 1, 2 & 3 pupils are held throughout the year. For more information please visit our Education page.

For booking information, please contact 




Bronze Age Boat


In September 1992, archaeologists in Dover discovered the remains of a prehistoric wooden boat thought to be some 3,500 years old. Our gallery tells the story of this important find and its implications for understanding the Bronze Age.


 Online Exhibitions

 Channel Firing 

A response by Peter Sheppard Skaerved  to Dover Museum's WWI collection.

channel firing home

Castles & Catapults!

Wednesday 14 August

A free creative workshop for children age 5-12, inspired by the 1216 siege of Dover Castle. Pre-booking required - click here to book your place

Animals Everywhere!

New exhibition now open in our special exhibitions gallery.

Stairwell Exhibitions

RNLI 200

A temporary exhibition celebrating the bicentenary of the RNLI and focusing on the history and contribution of the four lifeboat stations in the Dover district: Dover, Kingsdown, North Deal and Walmer.

Open until October 2024.

  Channel Swimming

A permanent exhibition about this amazing feat of endurance, from Captain Webb to modern-day swimmers, on the rear staircase.

Printed copies of the stairwell exhibition panels can be borrowed from the front desk, for visitors unable to access the staircases.


Online Resources 

Read our updated information on Stanlee Shipbreaking & Salvage Company for a facinating look into this aspect of Dover's rich history.

Read about the Corbel on our history gallery. 





Contact Us

Dover Museum
Market Square
Kent CT16 1PH

Tel: 01304 201066


Opening Hours

April - September: 9.30-5.00 Monday to Saturday,
10.00 - 3.00 Sunday 
October - March: Monday -Saturday 9.30 - 17.00
Closed Sunday.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Free Admission


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