The Museum is housed in a two storey weather boarded building, one of the last representatives in Tenterden of a type of industrial building common in the area in the latter part of the 19th century.
Dip into 1,000 years of history with the help of our friendly stewards, and discover rich layers of history, architectural trends over the centuries, house or family histories. The museum enjoys a convenient position near the town's crafts and boutique shops, bordering two large car parks and close to the Kent and East Sussex Railway and has a shop full of Tenterden gifts. Exhibits show the history of Tenterden and the Cinque Ports, reflecting the rich history of the area. Including artefacts ranging from Tenterden's recently discovered 18th Century Tenterden Theatre wallpaper to a 1500 BC flint axe head. The archives house extensive research into local house histories and genealogy and hundreds of unique photographs and postcards. We look forward to meeting you.
Tenterden and District Museum Association:
The museum opened in 1976 and is run entirely by volunteers. As a member of the Kent Museums Group and working closely with Ashford Borough Council’s Culture and Tourism Department. The museum maintains very high standards of conservation and preservation of its unique collection. The Association serves as a focus for research and enquiry and provides a repository for artefacts connected with the area. Items gifted to the museum which are of local interest are always welcome.
Groups and institutes are most welcome and usually take place when the museum is closed.
Tenterden & District Museum has artefacts dating back through history. Teachers are encouraged to contact us to tailor make their school visit to reflect the National Curriculum.
Can be tailored to fit in with other activities and special needs. A reduced charge is made for big parties.
Disabled access to ground floor only.
A small admissions charge is made with reductions to over 60's. Children under 18 years and students showing a valid student card are FREE.
The Museum shop: is the only place in Tenterden where there is a selection of place stamped souvenirs. Come and look round for small gifts to remind you of your visit to Tenterden
Open Good Friday to first weekend October
Open every day including Bank Holidays
Easter to end June 1.30pm to 4.30pm
During special exhibitions 11am to 4.30pm
July ~ August ~ September ~ October 11am to 4.30pm
Sundays and Mondays
Sundays and Mondays 1.30 – 4.30pm
Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays 11am – 4.30pm
Photos held at the Tenterden Museum
There are hundreds of photographs held at Tenterden Museum, come and have a look. Photo: The White Lion Hotel in the 19 century.