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“Lots to see”
Review of Canterbury Heritage Museum - CLOSED

Canterbury Heritage Museum
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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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 1, 2014

Child friendly museum about Canterbury through the ages. Could have done without the Rupert the Bear bit!

Thank Lils B
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Reviewed June 30, 2014

The museum has an awful lot in it starting with a brief section on how the British isles formed, the ice age etc. right through to modern day. It's deceptively big and very well laid out, with interesting little items like a piece of gold thread from a bishops robe under a microscope - fascinating to see what it actually looks like. And as an added bonus - for those of us of a certain age - there's a whole section on Oliver Postgate - Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog (my personal favourite) etc. and also on Rupert bear who's creator was also from Canterbury.
Also, if you think there's not much about the Romans here, given their history around the area go and see the separate Roman museum - that's very good and you can get a joint ticket.

2  Thank Marie P
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

After finishing my tour of the Canterbury Cathedral, I did not know what else to see/do in Canterbury before I go back to London. The waitress at the restaurant where I had lunch suggested that I should see the 3-4 museums of Canterbury.

I started with the Canterbury Heritage Museum where the receptionist informed me that for 10 GBP I could visit another of their museum, the Canterbury Roman Museum. Because their museums do not received any funding from the National Trust, they have to charge these fees to continue their operations.

Although the Canterbury Heritage Museum has limited items on display, explanations on the walls are adequate and help visitors understand these items and how Canterbury developed from its rural beginnings. The arrival of the Romans, murder of St. Thomas Becket, rule under the Tudors, destruction of abbys and the present time are adequately displayed and explained

I highly recommend that visitors of Canterbury add this museum in their list to see/visit when they are in Canterbury.

1  Thank LolaGo1
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

The museum charts the history of Canterbury from the earliest pre-historic finds to the modern day, relating how key events in English history have impacted on the city, from the Romans through the Reformation and turmoil of the Tudor periods to the damage brought on the city during the blitz.

1  Thank TravellingTom78
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Reviewed April 3, 2014

It has its merits, but probably speaks more to children than us 2 history loving adults.
The visit was memorable because of the wonderful medieval hospital building with its fine wooden roof beams .

Thank Nicole D
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