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Opening times

The Museum opens on either Good Friday or the first Friday in April, whichever is the earlier date, and closes in October, after the Folk Festival.

Opening hours

  • Open every day including Bank Holidays.
  • From Good Friday or the first Friday in April to the end of June opening times are 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
  • From July to October 11am to 4.30pm.
  • Open 1.30pm to 4.30pm Sundays and Mondays throughout the season.
  • Bank Holiday Mondays 11am to 4.30pm.

Your visit

A volunteer steward will welcome you to the Museum and explain how to use the AktivAccess and Audio Guide, should you wish to use these. (There is a small charge of £1 for the audio guide, which contains extra information on exhibits and is an innovation introduced this year to the Museum .) If you do have any questions relating to the artefacts, please ask the steward.

  • Visits can be tailored to fit in with other activities and special needs.
  • A reduced charge is made for large parties.
  • Disabled access to ground floor only.

Private visits

Groups and institutes are most welcome. We usually organise special events outside normal opening hours so that we can specifically cater for the needs of the visitors.

The Museum is the perfect place for a private visit. Its wide range of artefacts and its welcoming ambience provide a stimulating opportunity for exploring as well as developing interests in aspects of local history.

We welcome the opportunity to liaise with groups to co-curate exhibitions, stage pop-up exhibitions, or use the Museum as a resource for the creative arts.

Refreshments can be provided.

Wine and Cheese Events

You have full use of Tenterden Museum, food preparation and layout, plus two willing helpers, for free.

If there are more than 40 guests, I have an additional wine waitress/helper available who I usually pay her £10

Please let me know numbers at least a week before the party date so that I can order sufficient wine glasses and arrange the food and table decorations etc.

Venue cleared and wine glasses returned, all included.

The Wine & Cheese Party will include a good selection of cheese-based finger food and a  selection of Red/White/Rose wines plus orange juice for those who do not drink alcohol.

Cost £5  per person including the wine/ soft drinks

Or £3 per person for a wine-free event

Guests are welcome to browse the Museum which has six rooms on two floors.

Tenterden Museum sits comfortably within a collection of similar Victorian weatherboard industrial buildings circa. 1850. Built as a stable and store, it contains fascinating local history, including the local architecture in our eclectic Buildings Room and mediaeval ship building, which drove this area’s thriving economy during the 15th century. During the four years commemorating the centenary of WWI, we also have an absorbing exhibition highlighting how this conflict impacted on people who lived in our area.

For visitors who have a physical impairment and cannot manage the stairs diving into our archive could not be easier. Our interactive system, known as AktivAccess,  allows visitors to see all our rooms and explore our rich local history.

The car park adjoining Tenterden & District Museum is free after 6pm.

For opening times and other special events please see our website:

School Visits

Tenterden and 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.

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