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Deal Maritime & Local History Museum
Ranked #4 of 32 things to do in Deal
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 29 September 2017

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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Reviewed 25 September 2017

You get a very warm welcome and there's more than enough to see. I especially liked the mock-up WW1 trench. And the photos of famous folk with Deal associations.

1  Thank Martin B
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

What a lovely but slightly quirky museum this is, packed full of local memorabilia this is a little gem waiting to be explored.

My only slight criticism is that it was a tad jumbled up and needs a bit of reorganising to show the exhibits at their best.

Tucked away in a side street it's not easy to find but it's well worth the visit when you get there.

2  Thank rattler2
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Reviewed 12 September 2017

This is a great little museum and well worth a visit. There is so much inside, its far bigger than it looks. There is even a small row boat that actually was at Dunkirk. There is lots of history going right back to the 17/1800s. There is a good display about Dunkirk and a small WW1 trench with a video telling you about local men and boys, some paying the ultimate price. There is a close assosiation with the Royal marines whos barracks used to be in Deal (Now Flats) and a touching memorial toa Royal Marine killed by the Irish Terorist Cowards who blew up the bandstand many years ago. There is also some fascinating ship art, a bit like trench art, things made by sailors when they had idle time to kill. Adults are £3 each, disbaled and students are £2 each and a carer is 32 as well. We spent 2/3 hours here easily, well worth the price of admission. These places are vital to keep local and national history alive, without them we run the risk of forgetting and we should never forget, else we keep repeating the same mistakes. Well done to all concerned with this museum and thank you.

2  Thank garysJ9232WS
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

We went on a heritage open day, not expecting very much but what a great little museum housing an eclectic mix of local history. Loved it!

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