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“Great Museum”
Review of Dover Museum

Dover Museum
Ranked #9 of 52 things to do in Dover
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Canberra, Australia
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101 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great Museum”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Visit the Dover Log Boat was high on our list of things to see on our recent trip to Britain, so we also looked through the rest of the museum. It was a good little museum with lots of easy to understand and interactive displays for the kids without being mindblowingly overwhelming like the British Museum. The galleries on the Log Boat, the Neolithic and Bronze Age were particularly well put together and we spent quite a while going through.

Visited June 2014
Thank Cameron S
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Luton, United Kingdom
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“The Bronze Age Boat is a must see”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

Dover Museum shares the same building as the Tourist Information Centre where the museum tickets are purchased. I found the staff to be informative and gave me a run down of what I would expect to see.

The museum is spread over three floors and from start to finish a gives a potted history of Dover and the surrounding area, there are some very good exhibits and some that are not so good but overall a lot of work has gone into explaining in great detail the importance of Dover and it's vulnerability over the years.

There are many highlights in the museum and a great emphasis is made on the First World War and World War II and what impact it had on the surrounding area. There is a doodlebug flying bomb hanging from the ceiling and together with audio visual accounts from the time show what a harrowing experience it was during the blitz.

Probably the best part of the museum is Bronze Age Boat which is thought to be 3000 years old which is kept in a gallery with regulated temperature due to it's fragility.

A great experience and worth a visit whilst in Dover

Visited August 2014
Thank paullegate
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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447 reviews
178 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 329 helpful votes
“A Lot of Punch in This Little Package”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

This was another of those attractions we love to keep for rainy days. The museum is a short walk from the Dover Marina Hotel where we were staying, an enjoyable walk at that. It is not all that easy for a stranger to find, but everyone in this old, old city is extremely helpful and we were soon inside.

Right at the entrance there is a series of tableaux depicting invaders from the Roman empire as soldiers, residents, and family members.

We worked our way from the Roman occupation up until the first world war, then spent a good while at the star exhibit, the Iron Age Boat. That thing is 3,500 years old! We were impressed that modern man had considerable difficulty replicating its construction, even with state of the art tools and equipment. I suppose labor was fairly cheap back in 1500BC, and, of course time meant nothing more to those folks than to separate days and nights. Still, it would have to be, if a list were to be compiled, one of the technological wonders of the world.

We tried to catch as many of these small but fascinating local museums as we could, and so very much enjoyed all that we were able to tour. Future trips to the U.K. will focus even more in this direction.

Visited July 2014
Thank Ben_Theretoo406
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Olympia, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Glad we found this Museum”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

The contents of this little museum was a nice surprise. What a pack full of history in such a small area. Loved the displays and the information. The staff were very helpful and we learned quite a bit about the war impacts for people of that time.

Visited July 2014
Thank Pam H
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“Bronze Age Boat a Must See”
Reviewed 3 July 2014

The Dover Museum, although not large, is well worth a visit - especially the 3rd floor - where the Bronze Age Boat is displayed. That in itself is worth the price of admission. Very interesting to see how such a boat was crafted. The rest of the Museum is very interesting as well, covering the history of the Dover area and the Cinq Ports. Well worth a visit!

Visited June 2014
Thank DarylOttawa_Canada
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