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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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  • My friend had been to Dover many times but never visited the Museum. he was stunned not only by the quality but the excellent layout and exhibits and wanted to stay longer as there is so much 
    My friend had been to Dover many times but never visited the Museum. he was stunned not only by the quality but the excellent layout and exhibits and wanted to stay longer as there is so much  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • One of the best museums I have visited, there was no wait at all. Walked in, and this was before knew it was free. There is a simple lay out of the floor, I think it’s over three floors. There is a lot of history in one place, additionally there was a puzzle to try and sort but it was hard to solve it. But it was a good challenge and hopefully next time I visit, we can accomplish the challenge. Even though it was hot, the room was at a good temperature
  • Quite, an interesting little spot in Dover, that has a lot to offer. Firstly the main thing people should know, at least when I went was that admission was 100% free to see it, good start. The first room is a short walk around of the Kent area from the Stone Age to the time of the Anglo-Saxon with the Roman Conqeust between the two. Just a small thing but still informative. Next when going up the stairs they had posters and other memorabilia, of channel crossing from swimmers that had attempted to do it, just a little extra when going between rooms. The second floor has some little things of pop culture and bits on what people filled their time with through out history from Rome to the Victorian Era. The third floor has their Bronze Age ship along with plenty of information not only about the ship but about the Bronze Age in general, if you want to know a lot more about the Bronze Age and your in the area, this is the place to go. Finally the last big room was a retrospective of Dover and its time through out history starting with the Norman Conquest, going all the way to the Second World War, another big thing going for them is if you want to see how Dover progressed through time with most of English history this is the place. Overall very good experience with lot of information for a quick walk between the beach and the center of town, though the Castle had much more overall, if you need something more low key or don't want to hike to the the Castle or pay the fee, this is a good place if you need a fix for a Muesem.

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