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Dartford Borough Museum
What are we?
Dartford 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?
Dartford Borough Museum is open from 8.30am until 5.30pm on weekdays and from 9.00am until 5.00pm on Saturdays. In addition to the main Museum entrance, access is also available via Dartford Library which has an accessible ramp entrance. At certain times, when the main Museum doors are closed, access to the Museum is still available via Dartford Library.
Please note that the Curator is not always on the premises and so it is best to contact him in advance if you wish to speak to him in person.
Who are we?
Museum Curator - Dr Mike Still
How can you contact us?
- Online: Contact the Museum
- Telephone: 01322 224739
- Post: Dartford Borough Museum, Market Street, Dartford, Kent, DA1 1EU
Dartford Borough Museum's latest exhibition
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
Dartford Borough Museum is one of the smallest museums in Kent, but the scope and quality of its collections are outstanding.
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.
A list of previous events
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
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.
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
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