Deal Maritime & Local History Museum
The Deal Maritime & Local History Museum is situated in the heart of Deal, just off the High Street, behind Deal Town Hall, which was built in 1803, and opposite St George's Church and the Chapel Field.
The museum is housed on one of the last industrial sites left in Deal, showing the way in which commercial and domestic property developed next to one another from the seventeenth century onwards in what was known as the ‘New’ Town of Lower Deal.
St George’s Road and the workshop complex was built on what was originally market gardens, producing the fresh produce needed to victual the Fleet lying in the Downs off Deal.
The first floor displays showcase the domestic history and local industry of the town.
Numerous nautical artefacts fill The Maritime Gallery on the ground floor. See the Deal galley Saxon King, built 1891.
A new permanent Model Boat Room has been created featuring several large model boats that have been donated to the museum by local people.
News for 2017
The season opens on Saturday 1st April and will include new features to the Royal Marines exhibition focusing on PTI, the popular pantos and the Wrens who served at Deal. Plans are well underway for a new, larger and permanent Royal Marines exhibition from 2018.
On Thursday 20th April award nominated maritime author Steve R Dunn will give a talk and book signing on his new title Securing the Narrow Sea: Dover Patrol 1914 – 1918. Ticket sales from the evening will be donated to the museum. The talk takes place at Deal Angling Club 1919, 13 The Marina, Deal. Tickets are £5 each. Full booking details are on the museum website.
The former Kent Coalfield is celebrated in a new permanent small exhibition. Amongst the impressive collection of mining items, illustrations and history are interactive audio-visual presentations telling the story of this local mining industry.
Also new for 2017 is a Famous Faces Wall on the stairs to the Upper Gallery. This will celebrate the many distinguished people and celebrities born in Deal and Walmer or who made the town their home over the centuries.
Children are welcome at the museum, accompanied by an adult, and there is a free pirate hat and quiz to entertain them as well as a family interactive quiz on the first floor.
- Adult £3.00
- Child £2.00
- OAP £2.00
- Family ticket £9.00
- Disabled Free
- Open from Saturday 1 April 2017
- Easter Opening: Good Friday, Easter Sunday & Easter Monday 12noon - 4pm; Easter Saturday 11am - 4.30pm
- April and May: Tuesday - Friday 2pm - 4.30pm, Saturday 11am - 4.30pm, Sunday 12noon - 4pm
- June, July and August: Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4.30pm, Sunday 12noon - 4pm
- September and October: Tuesday - Friday 2pm - 4.30pm, Saturday 11am - 4.30pm, Sunday 12noon - 4pm
- Open Bank Holiday Mondays during April - October otherwise generally closed on Mondays.
Royal Marine Exhibition - Quentin Withall
Model Boat Room - Philippa Holt
All other images - Val Mercer
- 22 St George's Road, Deal, Kent CT14 6BA
- See location on Google Maps
- Map Reference: TR 375528 Lat: 51.225401; Long: 1.401207
- Parking: local Pay & Display car parks or street.
- Accessible by Public Transport: Deal Train Station, Stagecoach bus