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About the Museum

dover-museumDover Museum is one of the oldest museums in Kent, originally founded in 1836.

In 1991 the museum was rehoused in a brand new three-storey building, situated behind its original Victorian facade. 

The Galleries

The history galleries tell the fascinating story of the development of the town and its famed port, using original objects, graphics and models.

Much of the information is presented in a range of languages - English, French, German, Spanish or Dutch.

The top floor houses the acclaimed Dover Bronze Age Boat Gallery. The Bronze Age Boat was discovered just a few mintues walk away from the museum and is of an international significance; it is the world's oldest known seagoing boat. The gallery also explores major themes of the Bronze Age, using artefacts, replicas, models, video, computer interactives, hands-on exhibits and illustrated panels.

The other top floor gallery contains six scale models clearly show the growing town and port of Dover since medieval times, surrounded by cases of the best of the museum's collections. A central information desk gives guidance and information to visitors who wish to know more of Dover's past.

The ground floor exhibition traces Dover's history from the Stone Age to the Saxons. The exhibition includes information regarding the building of Dover's Roman forts, as well as gorgeous Saxon jewellery from the collections of the British Museum.

The first floor is devoted to a special exhibition which changes annually.

Visitor Enquiries

Dover Museum is happy to answer enquiries from the public. Any enquiries on all aspects of Dover's history should be sent to Dover Museum at the address above or e-mailed to museumenquiries@dover.gov.uk. Enquiries usually take up to 3 weeks to answer.

Museum Shop

The museum shop sells a large range of gifts and souvenirs, including local history books and DVDs, maps, cards, jewellery, homeware and toys. 

Visitor Information Centre

Dover Museum also houses the White Cliffs Country Visitor Information Centre, whose expert team offer a range of services including:

  • Providing maps, visitor guides and leaflets
  • Tickets for local events, including the annual Dover Film Festival
  • Ticket sales for National Express coaches and ferries to France




Contact Us

Dover Museum
Market Square
Kent CT16 1PH

Tel: 01304 201066

Enquiries: museumenquiries@dover.gov.uk

Opening Hours

  • April-September
    9.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday
    10am-3pm Sunday
  • October-March
    9.30am-5pm Monday to Saturday 
    Closed Sunday
  • Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.

Free Admission