The Margate Museum is housed in a Grade II listed building over two floors. Formerly the Magistrates Court and Police cells, the museum opened in the nineties with a dedicated volunteer team maintaining and presenting a unique collection of Margate´s history including that of the Borough Police from 1857, sea bathing and bathing machines, the 1815 arrival of Paddle Steamers, Cobbs Brewery and Bank. We have our own Punch & Judy along with Donkeys on the beach.
There are exhibits about Margate in the war time, Roman-British History, Dr David Jarvis´s Wooden Jetty of 1824 and Eugenius Birch´s Iron Jetty of 1857. We have many unique examples of paintings, prints and engravings which show the village of Meergate evolving into the Margate it is today. There is the Seaside Room, Maritime Room, also World War I and World War II room all displaying an eclectic range of historical items.
We are in a Grade II listed building set over 2 floors, the oldest part being from the 17th century. There are 20 steps to the upper floor and the ground floor also has some steps and narrow passages.
There is a gift shop with various postcards, stationery items along with varied local history books.
Accessibility - We welcome visitors of all ages but due to listed building status we are unable to make adjustments to provide lift or wheelchair access so some areas may not be fully accessible.
There are no public toilet facilities within the building, nearest facilities available are at College Square CT9 1EU approx. 150/200 metres away from the museum.