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Dartford Borough Museum

What are we?

Image of museumDartford Borough Museum is a free resource provided by Dartford Borough Council for the benefit of both residents of the borough and visitors from further afield.

Anyone who wants to know more about the Borough of Dartford should visit us, whether they are new to the area or have lived here for all of their life. The Museum is quite small but is packed with objects and information relating to the story of Dartford.

Where are we?

The Museum is located in Market Street in the same building as Dartford Library at the entrance to Central Park.

When are we open?

Please contact the Curator for opening times using the contact details below.

Who are we?

Image of museum displaysMuseum Curator - Dr Mike Still

How can you contact us?

  • Online: Contact the Museum Team
  • Telephone: 01322 224739
  • Post: Dartford Borough Museum, Market Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1EU
  • What's on now?
    Dartford Borough Museum's latest exhibition
  • What is there to see? (permanent exhibitions)
    The main display cases in Dartford Borough Museum run anti-clockwise around the gallery and follow the chronological story of the Borough of Dartford as revealed by archaeology, with additional social history items for more recent periods
  • What do we have? (the collections)

    Dartford Borough Museum is one of the smallest museums in Kent, but the scope and quality of its collections are outstanding.

  • How to find us
    The Museum is easy to reach by road, rail, bus and on foot. If you have any queries regarding transport or accessibility, please phone the Museum on 01322 224739. We will be pleased to help you.
  • Recent temporary exhibitions
    Recent temporary exhibitions shown at Dartford
  • What's been happening?

    A list of previous events

  • History of Dartford museum - a long and varied history
    The history of museums in Dartford can tentatively be traced back to the latter half of the 18th century. It is reputed that Dr John Latham, discoverer of the Dartford Warbler, had his own private museum collection based in Dartford
  • Museum education service
    School teachers are welcome to make use of Dartford Borough Museum's free School Loans Service, although teachers must collect and return the items themselves. The aim of the service is to make a wide range of authentic objects and natural history specimens available for use in the classroom. Loans are arranged on a half-termly basis.
  • Free object identification service
    Members of the public are always welcome to bring in any objects which they would like to have identified. Members of staff are often able to provide a verbal identification on the spot but objects can also be left at the Museum for more detailed identifications or when staff need to seek advice from other museums
  • Which books can I buy
    The publications can be purchased either by visiting the Museum in person during opening hours or by contacting the Museum by post, telephone or e-mail for details of prices for postage and packing
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