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“Make it an early stop when visiting Canterbury”
Review of Canterbury Heritage Museum - CLOSED

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This remarkable building, housing the museum's vast collection, has lived through six centuries of the city's history. Rebuilt in its current form in 1373, it stands today as one of Canterbury's finest surviving medieval buildings. On arrival visitors are taken on a journey through time from the days when mammoths walked our coastlines to the Second World War bombings in Canterbury. From Anglo-Saxon treasures and rare Tudor finds to the 'Invicta' steam engine and even the original Bagpuss, this double-story museum and its collections capture the eclectic character of Canterbury and the wonderful things that make it the historical and cultural centre it is today.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 9 June 2011

I think that the first time visitor would enjoy the little piece of history stored in this great museum ..it will give a good impression of the city and its history ...I liked the way the exhibits were displayed and loved seeing the old roof beam structures. This has been put together really nicely. One of the exhibits that caught my interest especially was the long 'frieze' created by Oliver Postgate and Naomi Linnell to narrate the famous story of Thomas Becket. It is 60 feet (15.5 m) long and would appeal to old and young alike. Murder in the Cathedral.

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Reviewed 1 June 2011

This museum provides a chronological look at Canterbury's history, from pre-historic finds and artefacts to the present day with displays on local 20th century cultural icons such as Joseph Conrad and Bagpuss. Key exhibits include the early locomotive "Invicta". There are lots of hands-on activities for younger children in the main museum and there's the adjoining Rupert Bear museum for kids too. On the first floor, make sure you look up at the magnificent timber roof of this historic building.

As a local I was able to use my resident's card for a quick look round free of charge. It was interesting, however entry for adults has now risen to £8 which seems rather expensive for what there is to see, although there's free entry for children to compensate. They offer a joint ticket with the Roman Musuem which is better value if you want to see both.

Thank BayB0y
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Reviewed 30 August 2010

I absolutely adore this museum. We went yesterday with my 7 month old, 3 and 7 year old. It was a wet sunday afternoon, about an hour before closing and there was noone but us, so we were expecting it to be a little poor. but inside is fantastic.

Good clear displays for adults to read and lots of little activiites for children to get involved in. loved the areas for dressing up and at the end is a a little rupert the bear section with games for the kids to play. it's truly delightful.

There is a tiny little gift shop at the end. Shame there wasnt so many people there, prices are cheap with a family of 5 getting in for £9.20 you would expect it to be a lot more popular.

1  Thank faiza333
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Reviewed 18 May 2010

A great museum...took me back to my childhood, with rupert the bear and Bagpuss, as well as an enjoyable history of Canterbury. Would definitely recommend to families or couples!

Thank tinytim66
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Reviewed 1 March 2008

The setting for this museum is unique- it's located in a medieval Poor Priests' Hospital that has its original architectural details.

The museum covers pre-Roman to present time eras. The displays were creative. One of the more interesting ones is located on the second floor; it is a horizontal tapestry depicting the life of Thomas Becket that spans three walls. On the first floor are a forensic artist's interpretations of burial remains found in the area- skulls specifically. They were created for the show on BBC 'Meet the Ancestors' and are now housed here. It's interesting to see how these people actually looked based on their bone structure. The display regarding the brilliant author Chistopher Marlowe (wrote Edward II and the Jew of Malta among other things) is also a highlight. His life was as colorful as his writings. The famous Canterbury Cross is also here.

Additionally, the museum has a Saxon portable sundial. I had never seen one before.

This place is much larger than it looks from the outside and I spent at least two hours.

2  Thank Karen S
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