I visited in August with 3 friends. We were down from London and it was our first trip to Deal. We all thought later that the time in the Maritime Museum was one of the highlights of the day. A lovely surprise, what a museum should be, full of marine-related objects all displayed in a good, cluttered way - much more visually fun than some of the bigger museums that have regenerated into digital, glassed-in customer experiences. I loved being able to try and pick up one of the canon balls I discovered on the floor under the chairs chairs or pretend I was a sailor in Master and Commander with the telescope I found propped in the window frame.
The staff were friendly and full of local maritime and historical stories that enhanced our time there. We were told of the customary lines of raw young sailors queueing up for their first tattoo every year. Some examples of traditional maritime body art in the museum would not be amiss! Great place.
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