Dover Museum

Dover Museum: Hours, Address, Dover Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Dover Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
Free entry to 4 galleries over 3 floors, covering archaeology, town history and the Dover Bronze Age Boat - the world's oldest known sea-going vessel - plus gift shop and Visitor Information Centre for Dover, Deal and Sandwich Fully accessible for wheelchair users
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Catherine M
77 contributions
A must see if you love history
Jul 2021 • Couples
On 3 floors but with lifts. Lovely bright displays, clear information, though nothing hands on at present for children.
From Neolithic, famous Bronze Age Boat, Roman figures and reconstruction, superb examples of Anglo-Saxon jewelry. Exhibition on middle floor.
Top floor, The bronze age boat plus excellent Tudor and later local pictures, items, etc, models of Dover Harbour as it developed over 2000 years. Friendly staff, small but very good shop. No cafe.
Written July 24, 2021
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stephogrunt
Hastings, UK92 contributions
An amazing museum which deserves a higher profile
Jun 2021 • Couples
A wonderful museum - and free! Diver is steeped in history, and this museum tackles all of it from the Bronze Age to the present day. It deserves to be much better known. The highlight is the Bronze Age boat - unmissable.
Written July 11, 2021
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Robin S
Wickford, UK821 contributions
Well worth a Visit (and its free!)
Oct 2020
Had a very enjoyable couple of hours visit to The Dover Museum. I guessed the Bronze Age Boat would be amazing.........which it was but they also have some very important artefacts across 3 floors. At present there is an exhibition on the 1st floor covering Dover's role in Operation Dynamo; The evacuation of BEF from Dunkirk.
Although entry is free you are still expected to pre book because of Covid restrictions.
Written October 14, 2020
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Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit
Written November 13, 2020
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Nunatsuak27
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada237 contributions
Very informative
Jul 2019
We sorta stumbled on this place while walking through Dover. What a pleasant surprise. Very informative museum filled with some nice visual history of the area. Wish we had more time and we'll need to go back to take the time to read what we missed.
Written April 3, 2020
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Thanks for leaving such a nice review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written November 13, 2020
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Vicsta D
Romford, UK47 contributions
Interesting place
Mar 2020 • Couples
Good place to visit very informative and is free to get in. Lots of historical items to view and things to read. Small gift shop also available
Written March 14, 2020
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Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit
Written November 13, 2020
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angelamusic1
Bedfordshire, UK159 contributions
Lovely museum
Mar 2020 • Couples
We wanted to see the wooden boat which is in its own display area. Well wort a visit really interesting museum and displays across 3 floors.
Written March 11, 2020
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Thanks for your review, we're glad you enjoyed your visit
Written November 13, 2020
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Donsafe
Canterbury, UK1,030 contributions
A Surprisingly Enjoyable Few Hours
Feb 2020
I live close to Dover and like many other local people I feel I am guilty of not getting the best from what Dover has to offer.
My brother recently came to visit for a week and I needed to find places to take him during a time when many National Trust properties etc were closed for winter. Somewhat reluctantly I suggested we visit Dover - taking in the White Cliff Walk, lunch in a pub (The White Horse) and Dover Museum.
We had a most enjoyable day. A beautiful walk. Food in the pub, which was very good and a lovely traditional pub atmosphere, followed by a wander over to Dover Museum.
I confess I did not hold out much hope for the museum. I could not have been more wrong. The staff were delightful and greeted us with the news that the entry was FREE! Hard to come by these days. The exhibits were not the kind of tired old relics one might expect of a town museum. It really brought home to us what an important town Dover has been over history. We spent far more time here than we expected, finishing with a jaw dropping surprise. On the top floor is an exhibit that no sane person could fail to be astounded by. The Bronze-age Boat. This beautifully preserved large boat is an absolute marvel. 3500 years old, and found buried in the mud on a building site a decades or so ago (I forget when but the clothing of the people in the film of the time suggests the 1980's).
I highly recommend anyone visiting Kent or who lives within reach, to go and visit this exhibit. It is truly astounding and is in fact the oldest seagoing boat in the world.
Thank you Dover for a surprisingly great day!
Written March 6, 2020
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Thank you for such a lovely review! We're glad you enjoyed your visit so much.
Written November 13, 2020
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rosanne4tenby
Tenby, UK13 contributions
Lots of interesting things to see.
Jan 2020
This Museum is Free to enter and full of Historical Things beautifully light & displayed which all of the family will enjoy. People in wheelchairs need not worry as you are catered for too. At the entrance there is a shop full of locally made goodies. The ladies on duty are very helpful and can provide you with a map with lots of other ideas and places to visit, in and around Dover.
Written March 2, 2020
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Thanks for your lovely review. The Museum is now open for visitors again!
Written September 24, 2020
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Mi N
466 contributions
very interesting
Feb 2020 • Couples
It was a recommandation and it was interesting. Take time, 3 levels! You will get to know more about different times in history
Written February 22, 2020
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We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Dover Museum. We love all the feedback that our visitors give us. Please tell your friends and family if they ever visit Dover to come and see us.
Written March 2, 2020
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SBourque
Illinois165 contributions
Nice Museum
Jan 2020
Definitely worth a visit. The exhibits are really nice, particularly the Bronze Age boat. I was really impressed by it.
Written February 18, 2020
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We loved your review, it gives a lot of information to other tourists who are coming to visit us. We are a small museum but pride ourselves on our Bronze Age Boat. Our prize possession. Please tell your friends and family if they are coming to Dover to visit us, we would give them a very warm welcome.
Written February 19, 2020
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Dover Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Mon - Sat 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM