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Best Museums and Art Galleries In Kent

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Kent in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 115 Kent museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

You can catch live flybys atLashenden Air Warfare Museum by vintage aircraft including P51 Mustangs Spitfires! Be ready for the sound of the klaxon t...

The Historic Dockyard Chatham5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Chatham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Historic Dockyard Chatham has a fantastic range of attractions, iconic buildings and historic ships to explore with your family of little histori...

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Gallery

  • Maidstone
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Gallery is housed in an Elizabethan manor house, and is one of the best in the South-East. Maidstone Museum has displays...

Royal Engineers Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Gillingham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Royal Engineers Museum tells the story of the Corps of Royal Engineers from their military exploits to their contributions to nations around the worl...

Kent Police Museum

  • Chatham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Canterbury Heritage Museum

  • Canterbury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Canterbury Heritage Museum Discover Canterbury's history, from millions of years ago to the present, explored through interactive displays in an amaz...

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge

  • Canterbury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Beaney House of Art and Knowledge Recently refurbished with cutting edge exhibition galleries, a new library and a whole new programme of family orie...

Canterbury Roman Museum

  • Canterbury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Canterbury's underground Roman Museum is built around the remains of a Roman town house with mosaics preserved where excavated. Descend 100 years wit...



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The Seaside Museum Herne Bay

  • Herne Bay
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Seaside Museum, Herne Bay Displays include local paintings, prints and photos, mammoth tucks and fossils from local beaches, coastal wildlife and...

Elham Valley Railway Museum

  • Folkestone
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Elham Valley Railway Museum is a really something for the whole family. If you like local history, artefacts, and memorabilia of this the golden age...

Castle Point Transport Museum

  • Canvey Island
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Canvey Island's vintageCastle Point Transport Museum is now home to over 35 tremendously old and rare buses, coaches, vintage commercials, military a...

Southend Pier Museum

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Southend Pier Museum brings to life the fascinating past of the longest pleasure pier in the world. Exhibits include many items of memorabilia su...

Coalhouse Fort

  • East Tilbury
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Coalhouse Fort is considered to be one of the finest examples of an armoured casemated fort in the UK and is still undergoing restoration. It's also...

Rye Castle Museum

  • Rye
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Rye Castle Museum is a great little place to take the kids to learn some history, especially as the tower used to be a prison! Add in all the hands o...

Ightham Mote

  • Sevenoaks
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Feel like lords and ladies at the majestic 14th century Ightham Mote, Kent. Explore a piece of local history and take a step back 600 years into the...

Central Museum & Planetarium

  • Southend On Sea
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The understated Southend Planetarium at the Central Museum seats only 20 people but presents a range of talks about the entire universe, through vari...

Thurrock Museum

  • Grays
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Thurrock Museum welcomes families to explore the history of Thurrock through it's extensive exhibits and artefacts with a rich variety of items on sh...

Dover Transport Museum

  • Dover
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dover Transport Museum has a fascinating collection of vintage transport, and transport models of all types, including some rare enough to thrill tho...

Penshurst Place and Gardens

  • Tonbridge
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Penshurst Place and Gardens have something to offer all the family with the lively recreation of interesting historic events, staff led craft activit...

Essex Fire Museum

  • Grays
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Essex Fire Museum shows you how firefighting has changed over the years as there have been advances in technology. There are a collection of differen...

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