The Museum

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.

The Museum was opened in 1976 and is run entirely by volunteers. It is an Arts Council accredited museum and a member of the Wheels of Time initiative with other Kent museums.

It works closely with Ashford Borough Council’s Culture and Tourism Department and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the town.

The Museum maintains a very high standard of conservation and preservation of its unique collection. It provides a repository for artefacts connected with the area. Items gifted to the museum which are of local interest are always welcome.

Your visit can be enhanced by using our audio guide or accessing any of our interactive systems to gain further information on the exhibitions on display. You can also access information in our digital archive which features pictures about people, places and events.

The Museum has a small shop selling quality Tenterden souvenirs.  It also offers a selection of locally produced books relevant to the town and local history. Come and look for gifts to remind you of your visit to Tenterden.