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“Exhibiting an excellent reflection of Dartford”

Dartford Borough Museum
Ranked #4 of 23 things to do in Dartford
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Claygate Surrey England
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Exhibiting an excellent reflection of Dartford”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

Easy parking, well set out exhibits, lots to see about the war but not much in the way of Dartford's industrial past. Some very good reference books and a knowledgeable attendant. Well worth a visit especially for those whose memories go back to the war years.

Visited May 2014
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English first
London
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Small but some interesting exhibits”
Reviewed 8 June 2013

Dartford Museum comprises a single gallery with themed exhibits displayed in a 'shop window' setting. The museum is very small but well worth a visit when in Dartford. There is a programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year. What the museum lacks in size, it makes up for in terms of the quality of the exhibits. The star exhibit is an incredibly rare and fragile Saxon (Christian) glass bowl - the Darenth Bowl c.450AD which is dedicated to St Rufinus. This bowl was found in the grounds of the local hospital. Also on view are early Prehistoric flint hand tools from the world-famous Prehistoric site at nearby Swanscombe where one of Europe's oldest skulls was found. There is also a good selection of quality Roman and Saxon objects on display excavated from local sites. Look out for the massive Roman stone coffin (complete with skeleton) from East Hill, Dartford. A part reconstruction of a local Draper's shop - complete with working Lamson 'cash railway' - will entertain younger visitors. Some provision is made for children's activities in the gallery and a small range of souvenirs and local history books is available. Dartford is only one of two towns in Britain that has a bird named after it. You can see a specimen of a Dartford Warbler (sylvia undata) on display in the gallery. The Curator is friendly and welcoming and willing to identify objects free of charge. A good place to spend half an hour, but do check opening times in advance of a visit as opening hours are limited.

Visited June 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Museum”
Reviewed 26 April 2013

Fine older style museum. Interesting artifacts, noted that Carnegie gave the money to build the Library complex. Said to be haunted...

Visited September 2012
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Dartford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Bit small”
Reviewed 16 January 2013

Its nice to have something in your town like this , but to be honest I have not seen it change since I was a nipper! shorly there must be more relict's that have been found or even memorabilia..... Its free at least and is interesting

Visited August 2012
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“little gem”
Reviewed 1 July 2012

compact little gem of a museum which relects the history surrounding this historic town

Visited June 2012
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