From Roman settlement to Rupert Bear, see Canterbury's history through fascinating objects and hands on displays and activities, set in the magnificent medieval Poor Priests' Hospital.
The exhibits include Anglo-Saxon treasures, Oliver Postgate’s Thomas Becket story, the Tudors, Joseph Conrad’s study, the Blitz gallery, Stephenson’s original Invicta railway engine, Rupert Bear and the real Bagpuss.
Around the museum are over 30 exciting hands-on activities for families – you can write your name in Viking runes, sniff medieval poo, investigate finds like an archaeologist, try on an Elizabethan costume and listen to wartime memories.
Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin created their much loved children’s programme just outside Canterbury. See the real Bagpuss in Emily’s shop window, original Clangers, Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog. And discover some Bagpuss secrets!
Rupert Bear was created by Canterbury-born Mary Tourtel. Discover his fascinating story, join in his adventures, see inside his house, and enjoy lots of fun activities including a giant snakes and ladders game.
Built in 1373, the museum was originally a medieval hospital for poor, sick and retired priests. Explore this magnificent timber-framed building to discover fascinating stories of former uses from medieval hospital, to workhouse and World War Two ambulance station, and marvel at its magnificent crown post roofs blackened by centuries of smoke.
Spend some time relaxing or picnicking in the medieval herb garden.
Enjoy the free Digiguide Tour – see and listen to animated stories about famous Canterbury characters, key artefacts and aspects of the building’s history on the Museum’s hand-help computer guide. This highlights tour is available in English, French, German and Japanese.
Canterbury Heritage Museum also currently houses some of the art collection from the Beaney Museum and Art Gallery, which is presently closed for redevelopment.
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The Museum entrance is in Stour Street, 5 minutes walk from the City Centre.
Train: Canterbury West/East Stations and a 10/15 minute walk respectively.
Bus: The Museum is 10 minutes from the city’s Park and Ride terminal and bus station.
Car: Canterbury can be reached easily from the M2/A2, M20 and A28. You are advised to use the Park and Ride into the city.
Closed Christmas Day.
Circumstances may cause changes in opening times – please ring to check before making a special trip.
Child: Free to a maximum of two children per paying adult.
Group and school discounts available.
A joint ticket for the Canterbury Roman Museum and the Canterbury Heritage Museum can be purchased for £10.
We've tried really hard to make sure that all of this information for this day out is accurate and up-to-date, but please contact Canterbury Heritage Museum before you go, just to make sure.