Dover Museum, Dover

Dover Museum, Dover (must see)

The Dover Museum was founded in February 1836 by the town's mayor Edward Pett Thompson and was initially housed in the old Guildhall and run by the Dover Philosophical Institute. The Town Council formally took it over 12 years later, constructing a new building to house it and the town's market, in Market Square.

Shelled from France in 1942 during the Second World War, the Museum lost much of its collections, including nearly all of its natural history collections. Much of the surviving material was left neglected in caves and other stores until 1946, and it is estimated only 30% of the pre-war collection survived to that date. In 1948 a 'temporary' museum was opened in the Town Hall's undercroft, but this, in fact, lasted until 1991, when a new museum building on three stories was opened in Market Square.

On 20 July 1999, the Queen opened a new gallery on the Museum's second floor centred on the Dover Bronze Age Boat that dates to 1575–1520 BC, which may make it the oldest substantially intact boat in the world (older boat finds are small fragments, some less than a metre square). In December 2000, this gallery was awarded the British Archaeological Awards ICI Award 2000, for its contribution to archaeological knowledge.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 9:30am-5pm; Sun: 10am-3pm (Apr-Sep, closed Oct-Mar)
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Dover Museum on Map

Sight Name: Dover Museum
Sight Location: Dover, England
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Walking Tours in Dover, England

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

Create Your Own Walk in Dover

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Dover Pubs Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Dover's Historical Churches Tour

Dover's Historical Churches Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
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Travel Distance: 5.0 Km or 3.1 Miles
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Dover Introduction Walk

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Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles