Deal Museum
Deal Museum
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Ian H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A charming little museum.

Full of really interesting exhibits and information about the history of our beautiful town.

Highly recommend a visit.

We will definitely go back, so much to absorb.

We’ll done Deal Museum
Written 7 April 2024
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Patricia F
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
A big thank you to the staff at the museum! This August I was visiting from Canada to research the history of my family who lived in Walmer and Deal. By the time we made our way to Deal the museum was only open Fri, Sat, and Sun. We would have missed them due to our return flight and I was really hoping to learn more about the Royal Marines - of which my great grandfather was a member. When I contacted the staff they kindly opened the museum up to me and were so helpful providing information about the area. The museum has a great collection that was very well organized and curated. If you are in Deal they are really worth a visit. Thank you for helping with my family history trip. Best wishes from Canada!
Written 10 August 2023
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Nick B
Woodford Green, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Fabulous local museum, crammed full of interesting memorabilia and historical information. Great tribute to the Royal Marines in a separate display. Very informative and helpful curator
Written 17 October 2022
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Thank you for your kind words. As a volunteer-led charity, we work hard to make visitors welcome and to tell Deal’s (incredible) story.
Written 11 December 2022
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MartinCoxLondon
London21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I’ve been visiting (and staying for a few weeks) Deal and Walker for over 60 years. Some things have changed (fewer fishing tackle shops; no cinema) but the overal experience remains the same. It is just a very nice seaside town that is largely untouched by cheap thrills (even the small amusement arcade has not changed in my time). The High Street has suffered as have many but that’s not surprising; in the days when we had the collieries and the Royal Marines, it was always buzzing. May I suggest a visitor does 4 things. Firstly, the museum; secondly the pier; thirdly Deal Beach Parlour for old fashioned ice cream dishes and, finally, any one of the traditional fish and chips shops.
Written 16 October 2022
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That’s why we love it! Thanks for recommending us.
Written 11 December 2022
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Chris H
Nottingham, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
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.
Written 26 September 2021
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Vicki M
Henley-on-Thames, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
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.
Written 1 September 2021
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Max D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Fascinating place... staff are very nice and friendly. It is suitable to take a wheelchair, and my husband enjoyed the experience...
Written 6 January 2021
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We're back open again (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-4pm) so do come and have a look at the new displays!
Written 25 July 2021
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Veronica de France
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
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.
Written 29 January 2020
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les n
Deal, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Solo
Small but well worth a visit. Lots of local interesting facts and artifacts. Often have special exebitions on local interests.
Written 6 November 2019
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James B
22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018
This place was a gem to find but a bit small. Nevertheless, lots of items of historical significance displayed with as the name suggests a strong maritime flavour about them.
Old building with a tight staircase but easy to climb.
Written 7 October 2019
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We're back open again (Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-4pm) so do come and have a look at the new displays!
Written 25 July 2021
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