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Deal Museum

Deal, United Kingdom
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About Deal Museum
Our displays show the changing history of Deal, Walmer and the surrounding area and we are packed to the rafters with fascinating glimpses into the past. Our boats include the Saxon King, built in 1891, and a Dunkirk “Little Ship.” We have a wonderful collection of model boats, too. Come and find out more about the impact of the Goodwin Sands on Deal and tales of smuggling and lifeboat rescues. Browse the information on the famous people who have lived in the area, the Hooden Horse which delighted children on Christmas Eve, local industries and shops and the impact of the Royal Marines in Deal.
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Chris H wrote a review Sept 2021
Nottingham, United Kingdom20 contributions8 helpful votes
Arriving in Deal as a visitor knowing very little, the Maritime Museum evokes a great sense of the town's rich history. It paints a vivid picture of the seafaring exploits of days past, as well as the (unknown to me) history of the Royal Marines School of Music. The staff were incredibly welcoming and friendly - clearly proud of the history too.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Vicki M wrote a review Sept 2021
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom24 contributions8 helpful votes
Walking around Deal you can just feel it's history, so we decided to visit this museum to learn more. There were clear sections in the museum for each part of the town's history - the town itself, maritime, the Royal Marines etc. We found the timeline of the town particularly fascinating (lots of interesting photos as well as info) and were amazed at how many famous historic figures have visited over time! The Royal Marines exhibit was also very interesting. There are some bigger exhibits such as a tiny boat that was involved in the evacuation from Dunkirk but also quirkier exhibits - a diagram a local had made of the High Street shops at 20 year intervals over the 20th century and how they'd changed. The names from the 1970s brought back memories of shops familiar during childhood! There were two lovely lady volunteers there when we visited, both local and it was fascinating talking to them and they gave a lot of additional insight and tales of the history of the town. Just wish we had had more time to spend there, but sadly we only arrived an hour before closing. Would highly recommend, it's well worth a visit.
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Max D wrote a review Jan 2021
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Fascinating place... staff are very nice and friendly. It is suitable to take a wheelchair, and my husband enjoyed the experience...
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from kathrynsreilly, Chair at Deal Museum
Responded 25 Jul 2021
We're back open again (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-4pm) so do come and have a look at the new displays!
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Veronica de France wrote a review Jan 2020
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Walking along with heavy shopping bags, escaping from the nice but busy shopping area the old fashion sign of 'Museum' dangling softly in the air, invited me in. I had no appetite for any sort of consumption. But due to the resourceful guidance, which I received at the Maritime Museum with all its articles and such, made me feel hungry for knowledge. As a foreigner to make the first step into the history of Deal, I think, it starts right there at 22 St. Georges Road. Afterward, having a walk alongside the beach, at least I did, I looked at the horizon in a different way.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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les n wrote a review Nov 2019
Deal, United Kingdom3 contributions1 helpful vote
Small but well worth a visit. Lots of local interesting facts and artifacts. Often have special exebitions on local interests.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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