Dover Museum


Dover Museum


Dover Museum

Uncover thousands of years of history in the heart of Dover

Dover Museum, the largest and most varied museum in White Cliffs Country, has a range of fascinating objects, models and original pictures showing the history and archaeology of the port and town of Dover within its four gallery spaces. Admission to the museum is free.

Visit the award-winning Bronze Age Boat Gallery that displays the Dover Bronze Age Boat, the world's oldest surviving seagoing vessel, an internationally important archaeological discovery. The boat was uncovered in 1992, just yards from where it is now on permanent display.

A permanent stairwell exhibition celebrating the achievements of channel swimmers through the decades looks at channel swimmers from Captain Matthew Webb in 1875 right up to today, and includes the heyday of channel swimming in the 1950s when sponsored races were held. The current temporary stairwell exhibition tells the story of smuggling in Kent.

Visitors unable to access the stairs can borrow a printed copy of the displays.

The Special Exhibitions Gallery features a new display each year. From 4 June 2022, enjoy a fascinating insight into Pastimes Through Time. 

See the website www.dovermuseum.co.uk for details on special family days, events and temporary exhibitions at Dover Museum.

The Museum Shop has souvenirs of Dover and Britain, as well as a wide selection of books, and gifts for all occasions. The shop is open to non-museum visitors - although we hope you'll be tempted to stay a little longer!



Market Square Dover Kent CT16 1PH







01304 201066

What you need to know

  • Family friendly
  • Visitor toilet/s
  • Accessible toilet/s
  • Wheelchair user friendly
  • Baby changing facility
  • Accepts groups and coach parties