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“Great”

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Ranked #16 of 110 things to do in Canterbury
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
Surrey, United Kingdom
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“Great”
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.

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