Dover Museum and Bronze Age Boat Gallery, Dover

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Dover Museum is a museum in Dover, Kent, in south-east England.
Founded in February 1836 by the town's mayor Edward Pett Thompson, it was initially housed in the old Guildhall and run by the Dover Philosophical Institute. The Town Council (predecessor of Dover District 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 (behind the Museum's original Victorian facade) 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. In December 2000, this gallery was awarded the British Archaeological Awards ICI Award 2000, for its contribution to archaeological knowledge.
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  • Felt that a trip to Dover ought to include a visit to the museum to find out a bit about the place . Was glad that we went as we learnt a lot about Channel swims and Smuggling as well as the Bronze...  more »
  • Don't miss this wonderful exhibition taking you through the history of Dover. The iron age boat is incredible. The displays show how Rome and so many peoples put their feet down in the gateway to...  more »
  • It was very good and well worth looking at!! It also has a lift to all floors of museum!! It is also the tourist office and the ladies were very friendly and helpful!!
  • This is Dover's Museum, as you'd expect Dover has a long history and the exhibits on show here illustrate that well. Some of the exhibits about the development of Dover over the years were particularly interesting. The reason why we went was to see the very old boat which was found in Dover Town. This is fascinating and truly ancient history. Entrance is free a visit is well recommended if you have an interest in history and this part of the country

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