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Cranbrook Museum

Cranbrook Museum

by Chris Shoebridge

Museums in Tunbridge Wells

Find out how this beautiful region came to be so important to the history of England and Kent. Decimus Barton, Dudley Lord North, Queen Victoria, Sid Vicious and the hop-pickers from East London are all a part of the make up of this pretty part of the Weald.

The Story of Tunbridge Wells

The collections at Tunbridge Wells Museum & Art Gallery on Mount Pleasant Road reveal the history of Tunbridge Wells, including one of the most impressive collections of Tunbridge ware in the world – locally crafted marquetry first made in the 1700s.

Displays include art, natural history artefacts, archaeology, craft and toys amongst others.  From decadence to humility, discover the story behind a beautiful spa town in the south east of England.

The Salomons Estate near the town centre has a wealth of history about the local well-to-do, visit the Museum in the regal gardens of the mansion house and feel a part of the 1850s.

Stories from the Weald

The Cranbrook Museum houses a local history collection within a 15th century timber-framed farmhouse bringing to life Victorian Cranbrook, including the trade and industry on which the town was built.  There are tranquil gardens and a pond to be enjoyed and family history archives for researchers. Watch their video to get a sneak preview.

Unfortunately the famed Finchcocks Musical Museum in Goudhurst had to close at the end December 2015 as the owners retired. However, there is still much to be enjoyed in delightful red-tiled hill village of Goudhurst. Find the pirate’s grave in the hill-top churchyard and climb up the church tower. History oozes out of the buildings, all higgledy-piggledy and crooked!

Further inspiration

Don’t forget to check the What’s On pages and search facility to find out the latest exhibitions and displays at the museums in Tunbridge Wells.  To further whet your appetite, there is more to discover on our History pages too.

Our accommodation guide can help you plan your stay for longer so you can fit it all in!

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  1. Add Springlines Exhibition at The Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Springlines Exhibition at The Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Exhibition of paintings, photographs and poetry exploring the beauty of hidden and mysterious bodies of water.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    9 Jun 2017 To 14 Oct 2017
  2. Add The September Art Exhibition to your Itinerary

    The September Art Exhibition

    Wadhurst

    Established in 1996, come and see the September Art Exhibition, which is celebrating it's 21st birthday in Wadhurst this year!

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    8 Sep 2017 To 17 Sep 2017
  3. Add Artful Ladies Art Exhibition at Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society to your Itinerary

    Artful Ladies Art Exhibition at Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Art exhibition by Mary Bradley and Ann Martin (members of Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society)

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    19 Aug 2017 To 28 Aug 2017
  4. Add Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Tunbridge Wells Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Take a closer look....

  5. Add  Salomons Estate to your Itinerary

    Salomons Estate

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    Museum

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Salomons Estate – Kent’s undiscovered gem

    Constructed by Decimus Burton for Sir David Salomon, it was the first house in Britain to use domestic electricity.

  6. Herd Of The Hospice? Tunbridge Wells

    Tunbridge Wells

    Herd of the Hospice? is a major, free, public art installation and the first of its kind in the area. From July-September 2017, a herd of uniquely decorated horse sculptures will be exhibited across West Kent and East Sussex.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

    From:
    10 Jul 2017 To 31 Aug 2017
  7. Art Exhibition & Sale of Paintings at Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society

    Add Art Exhibition & Sale of Paintings at Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society to your Itinerary

    Art Exhibition & Sale of Paintings at Royal Tunbridge Wells Art Society

    Royal Tunbridge Wells

    Exhibition of paintings by artists: Sarah Yockney, Cathy Holway, Kim Wills and Jacqui Sandford.

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    Exhibition

    Dates

  8. Add Cranbrook Museum to your Itinerary

    Cranbrook Museum

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    Museum

    Cranbrook

    A 'must' for every visitor to the Weald.

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