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“Nice local museum - and there's Bagpuss!”

Canterbury Heritage Museum
Ranked #15 of 108 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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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
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99 reviews
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“Nice local museum - and there's Bagpuss!”
Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you are a certain age then you are sure to fall for the Oliver Postgate room devoted to Bagpuss and (rather less of) other Postgate creations. If you don't know what Bagpuss is, then it's a very decent local musuem, arranged in a beautiful restored 14th century hospital, with contributions from all ages of Canterbury's post-Roman history.

Visited July 2014
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Sutton, United Kingdom
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150 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Lots to see”
Reviewed July 1, 2014

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

Visited June 2014
Thank Lils B
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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75 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Heritage with a smile”
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.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Marie P
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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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.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank LolaGo1
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London, United Kingdom
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208 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Canterbury through time”
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.

Visited April 2014
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