Margate Museum



Market Place, Margate Old Town, Margate, Kent, CT9 1ER

Tel: 01843 231213

Margate Museum


Located in the old town hall that has served as a police station find out about Margate’s history – leading the way in seaside resort development, maritime heritage - paddle steamers, shipwrecks and day trippers.

The purpose of the Friends of the Margate Museum is to preserve the history of Margate and to facilitate the engagement of the collection by a wide and varied audience, also to increase the knowledge of the local and wider community about the history of Margate.

Margate Museum Reviews (from Trip Advisor)

Average rating 4.5/5 from 100 plus reviews

  • So much to see here. We were lucky to be shown around by one of the guys who worked there. He had so much knowledge about all the items on show and the local area.
    Vicky, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Walked into the museum to enthusiastic guides ready and willing to take us round and talk through all of the exhibits. They had a wealth of information to share and it was interesting to see the old prison cells. Would highly recommend people go and support this museum as it serves such a great publuc service in Margate
    Cass, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Brilliant! And very cheap for all that is there. Volunteers are all very knowledgable & friendly. Most interesting / favourite part...? Old beach stuff, or maybe local boats & shipping history, world war 1 & ll sections were great too, lots of local names / places / info was very interesting
    Helen, 2017 - 5 stars
  • Came here on a Sunday afternoon, spent about 1 hour here. It is not a huge museum but it has lot;s of interesting local memorabilia, well worth a visit. The staff (all volunteers) are very knowledgeable, really friendly and only too happy to talk to visitors. Local and WW2 memorabilia all set in the old court house and police station, they even use some of the four old cells to display exhibits.
    Stuart, 2017 - 4 stars
  • This is a little gem hidden away in Margate Old Town, full of fascinating facts and History of the area, only £1.50 admission and for another £1.00 you can also visit another Historic gem The Tudor House, excellent value for money!
    Sheila, 2016 - 4 stars
  • A friend and I were visiting Margate for the day and I had seen this on a brouchure so we decided to pay a visit. At £1.50pp this is possibly one of the cheapest museums you will ever visit, and we got a personal guided introduction to boot! There was a lovely lady giving everybody who visited an overview of the different sections of the museum, and also telling you a bit of the history which is demonstrated in some of the exhibits, which was a very personal touch and a nice change from just reading what is on the walls. 
    Rosie, 2016 - 4 stars

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  • Indoor Attraction


Map & Directions

Road Directions


We can be found just a short walk from the sea front nestled in Margate’s vibrant Old Town. The Thanet Loop bus stops very near by, alternatively Margate train station is a 15 minutes walk along the sea front.

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