The Museum tells the story of Margate over 5,500 years.
It is housed in a unique building in the centre of the old town, the oldest part of which is a 17th Century, Flemish, gable ended building that housed the original Town Meeting Hall. The Court Room was built in 1820 as a meeting room and offices for the Harbour Pier Company but from 1857 to 1974 was a Court during the daytime and a Council Chamber in the evenings, The Victorian Police station was built in 1897 and was active until 1959, but the cells stayed in use until 1974 as holding cells for the Court, but during the 1964 Mods and Rockers “Riots” they were full overnight of Whitsunday.
The museum houses artefacts covering the towns history back for 3,500 years and is used by many University and College Students for study for papers. We have in the museum a GAMAR system, a type of interactive journey on i-pads or i-phones. as well as a reconstructed Donkey used by Sunbeam Photographic Company for younger children to have photographs taken. We also have a couple of Victorian style cut outs to be photographed through. There is a photographic competition for younger visitors to recognise some of the artefacts
Closed until further notice
Market Place, Old Town, Margate CT9 1ER