Museums in Kent – West Kent

For things to do in Kent look no further than the rich tapestry of the county’s history and heritage through its captivating museums covering a vast array of collections. Encompassing seaside, religious, regional, and heritage collections, explore a world of the county heritage, culture, and nature all within the stunning Garden of England. Seaside delights, aviation history, agricultural displays, town treasures, and lots, lots more. Check out our comprehensive list of all the Museums in Kent, we’ve also broken it down into the four main areas of the county: Museums in Kent – West Kent, Museums in Kent – South KentMuseums in Kent – North Kent and Museums in Kent – East Kent.

Covering Sevenoaks, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells.

Tunbridge Wells
Founded by the Tunbridge Wells Natural History and Philosophical Society in 1885, and the Council later adopted the collection in 1918. Amelia Scott was a social reformer and campaigner for women’s suffrage, and the new building is named after her. Scott was a supporter of municipal museums and libraries and believed it was ‘a necessity that cannot be postponed indefinitely. They have a long history of collecting and engaging with the local community, and the new home for the collection, The Amelia, reflects many aspects of the story of Tunbridge Wells and the High Weald. Overall, they care for around 60,000 objects covering local history, natural history, archaeology, fine and decorative arts, and social history. They host a variety of events including workshops, talks, festival shows and lots more. Open daily – see our listing for more details. Price: Free entry – though some events may incur a charge.

Tunbridge Wells
Part of the Salomons Estate the museum is formed from two ground-floor rooms and packed with fascinating exhibits that chart the history of three remarkable generations of the Salomons family, with collections of paintings, photographs and mementoes documenting the history of the family. Time: Daily
9am-5pm. Price: Free. Read More

Tunbridge Wells
The collection showcases the history of the village and its inhabitants, covering family history, business and building heritages and with collections constantly being updated is Grade II listed. The three-floor museum, housed in a 15th Century timber-framed building has a mix of exhibitions and displays featuring boot making, millinery, military memorabilia, and lots more. Time: April to October, Tuesday to Saturday & Summer Bank Holidays, Sunday in August: 2pm-4.30pm. Price: Free – donations welcome. Read More

highlight key events and people that have shaped the local area, such as the town’s first fire brigade in the 1800s and the Women’s Land Army in WW2. There are over 4,000 objects held in the museum’s collection, including a mammoth tooth, Roman jewellery, medieval floor tiles, an early cricket bat, a printing press, and an embroidery made by WW2 evacuees. Children can dress up and play games. The museum is part of Kaleidoscope, which incorporates the library, museum and contemporary art gallery. Opening hours: Monday- except Bank Holidays 10am-6pm, Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 10am-4pm. Price: Free. Read More

Westerham, Sevenoaks
Lots to do and see at this museum that tells the story of RAF Biggin Hill through the personal experiences of those who served there, and the community which supported them. Its high altitude and strategically important location between London and continental Europe, make it one of Britain’s oldest aerodromes. Its particular focus is the Battle of Britain, in which it played a pivotal role. Time: Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-4pm. Price: With gift aid/without gift aid: Adult: £8.25/£7.50, Child: £4.60/£4, Under 5 years: Free, Family of 6 – 2 adults & up to 4 children: £18/£15, Defence Discount Service Card/Blue Light Discount Card & English Heritage Membership Card: 10% discount, discount for TN16 Residents. Read More

The museum houses hundreds of aviation relics excavated by the group over many years from crashed British and German aircraft, including flying helmets, uniforms and insignia and Home Front memorabilia. The Museum also features documents, letters, photographs and eyewitness accounts alongside the artefacts. Together they tell the stories of the men who fought in the skies over Europe during World War II. Time: Easter to Remembrance Sunday, 10am-4pm. Price: Adults: £5 includes an optional conducted tour. Child – under 16 years: Free, Museum Members: Free. Read More

Edenbridge, Sevenoaks
Collection of local artefacts from residents past and present that represent the various trades and crafts practised in Eden Valley. With more than 4,000 photographs, paintings and drawings that also tell the stories of local communities born and raised in Eden Valley. Time: Wednesday & Friday: 2pm–4.30pm, Thursday & Saturday: 10am–4.30pm. Price: Free. Read More

Edenbridge, Sevenoaks
The museum was formed in 1966 to preserve the existing property of the regiment and moved to Hever Castle in 1985. The Museum follows the history of the regiments from 1794 when part-time volunteers formed the Kent Yeomanry to defend against possible invasion by the French. Time: Open when Hever Castle’s grounds are open. Price.: With a Hever Castel entry ticket – see our Hever Castle listing here for times and prices.

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Picture credit: © Biggin Hill Memorial Museum.

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