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“Lots of information, looking forward to the refurb...” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Ramsgate Maritime Museum

Ramsgate Maritime Museum
The Clock House, Pier Yard, Royal Harbour, Ramsgate CT11 8LS, England
+44 1843 570622
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Ranked #8 of 23 Attractions in Ramsgate
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Owner description: Situated in the Clock House on the quayside at Ramsgate Harbour, Ramsgate Maritime Museum focuses strongly on Ramsgate and its immediate environs, with a brief introduction to the rest of the region's maritime past. Set in the heart of the country's only Royal Harbour, the Museum building is an exhibit in its own right, being the product of some of the most eminent civil engineers and architects of the early 19th century. The Clock House is also the site of the unique Ramsgate Meridian - from which our own particular Mean Time - 5 mins 41 secs ahead of Greenwich- was calculated! There are four galleries of exhibits telling the maritime history of the area with permanent displays on the development of the Harbour, Navigation, Fishing, Lifeboats and Shipwrecks. A fifth area, the Gallery Room, is now an exhibition space which is host to ever changing displays and events, including visiting local artists at work. Please see the homepage for information on current and forthcoming exhibitions. The nearby Goodwin Sands have yielded an important collection of artefacts from the Great Storm Wrecks, principally from the wreck of Stirling Castle (a 70 gun, 3rd rate, Man of War). Weapons, utensils and ship's gear provide a chilling insight into life and death aboard a British Warship in 1703.
Canterbury, United Kingdom
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“Lots of information, looking forward to the refurb...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2012

I visited this museum with my family, my dad is a sailor and found lots to enjoy there and the rest of us also found it interesting. The displays and video about the Dunkirk evacuation were particularly fascinating and moving. There are also displays of fossils and items retrieved from the Goodwin Sands - there is lots of information on different aspects of Ramsgate's seafaring heritage, however the displays feel quite dated so it is exciting that the museum is having a refurbishment and I look forward to visiting again.

Visited June 2012
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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“Welcome Back”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2012

Finally reopened and so nice to see all the history of our town. There is a large exhibtion about 'The Sundowner', she is one of 'the little ships' famous for crossing the channel to recue our troops from Dunkirk. She was then owned by Captain Lightoller who was on the Titanic, she lives in Ramsgate Harbour (the only royal harbour in the country). It told the whole story of his life and there is also a video about Dunkirk. New to the museum is a display about the Ramsgate Tunnels, these played their part in keeping the people of Ramsgate safe during the second world war. It is hoped to reopen them with various attractions. Go along and give this little museum and the tunnels your support. Entry was free, there may now be an entry charge, still worth a visit.

Visited May 2012
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Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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“maritime delight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

After being closed for a few years we went to the museum on the first opening weekend,its a very interesting museum,there are artifacts from the wars,the roman's at rich borough,fishing paraphernalia,cannons,a dolphins skeleton and much more,its situated in a picturesque area overlooking ramsgate harbor.In the harbour owned by the museum are dunkirk little ship 'Sundowner' and steam ship 'Cervia',also well worth a look at.The museum has a small gift shop,reasonably priced.At present there is no access to the upper floor for people with disabilities due to the elderly and historic nature of the building but we are led to believe that there will be a major refurbishment of the newly reopened museum in winter 2012.Also the museum could do with more hands on childrens exhibits,but well worth a look.

Visited May 2012
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York, United Kingdom
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“at last”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2012

This museum tells some inspiring stories of courage and provides a unique insight to a wonderful town.

Visited May 2012
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London
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“If you love a waxwork, this is the place to be”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2012

Ramsgate Maritime Museum is very small and can't really compete with the big London museums. But, if you wanted London museums, you'd go to London. The smallness of the Ramsgate Maritime Museum is part of its charm, and you can go round it in an hour or so (depending on your level of interest) before heading to the Belgian bar (see above). It's also the place to be if, like me, you love a weird waxwork.

Visited January 2012
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