Welcome to Whitstable Museum & Gallery

Welcome to Whitstable Museum & Gallery

Two world-first innovations originated in this supposedly sleepy fishing village – helmet diving and a steam-drawn passenger railway.

Oyster cultivation has also made Whitstable world famous, in its heyday providing London with millions of oysters each year.

Peter Cushing, the actor of Star Wars, horror films and Dr Who fame lived in Whitstable for 35 years. We could also talk about wooden shipbuilding, floods, the harbour and the world-wide trade in coal, ice, dates and bananas.

Why not drop in?

Lest We Forget

The First World War – Whitstable’s Contributions Whitstable people’s contributions during The Great War will be remembered throughout November at the museum.  A display will recall: the call to arms and some of the men who answered; our strong connection...

Halloween Pumpkin Hunt

Halloween Crafts in your Museum. Friday 26th you can make cat masks, flying witches, jumping skeletons etc. in the museum as part of the Demelza Pumpkin Hunt. All FREE! 11:00 to 4:00pm. The first ever Swelling Matters Halloween Pumpkin Hunt will be coming...

Fun Palace 2018

This Sunday, 7th October, Whitstable Museum and Gallery are offering 20 free activities for children of ages 3 to 12. Doors open at 11:00 am with the last entry at 4:00pm. Some activities may be messy such as painting! Last year the Whitstable Fun Palace...

Extraordinary Women of Whitstable

Whitstable Community Museum and Gallery will feature an array of Extraordinary Whitstable Women for the annual Heritage Open Days on the 6th-8th and 13th-15th September 2018. In keeping with the 100th anniversary of some women obtaining the vote,...

Relocation of the Invicta Report

Our View of the Relocation of the Invicta Report The Trustees of the Whitstable Museum & Gallery have this morning, emailed Democratic Services at CCC requesting that a report on the Relocation of the Invicta Engine should be withdrawn. The report considers four...

There’s so much to explore

Our Latest Exhibition

The exhibition is titled Early Trades of Whitstable. The exhibition looks at the many trades that were carried out in Whitstable prior to 1900 and the changing face of the town over the last century.

It also celebrates the trades that have disappeared over the years but form part of our rich heritage.

Farming, salt and copperas manufacture, milling, rope making, brewing and the gas, water and sewerage utilities are covered, with a dozen other trades. Not forgetting the snobs and cordwainers.

Exhibitions like this are a great way to learn more about our heritage. Do you know what ‘snobs’ were? Apparently they were cobblers or shoe repairers. They got their name because they considered themselves ‘above the rest’.

This exhibition has been curated, designed and financed entirely by Whitstable Community Museum volunteers. Each of these annual exhibitions takes almost a year to research and design and collate and you’re bound to discover something you didn’t know about Whitstable’s heritage.

Open 11.00am to 4.30pm

Jan to June Sept to Dec

Thursday, Friday & Saturday

July and August

Wednesday to Saturday

PLUS School Holiday Weeks

Wednesday to Saturday



Adult £3, Concession £2

Child with paying adult: FREE


Postcodes CT1 – CT6: FREE