A lively and colourful treasure trove of Medway’s history, housed in two adjacent listed buildings – the town of Rochester’s magnificent 17th century Guildhall and the former Medway Conservancy Board building. The Museum is home to thousands of objects that illustrate the history of Medway – its river, its people, and its development through time.
The museum’s wheelchair-accessible entrance gallery contains a small shop selling souvenirs items, a reception desk, and an attractive introductory exhibition highlighting the role that the River Medway has played in shaping the environmental and human history of Medway.
All visitors (including those with mobility difficulties, and wheelchair users) can access electronic media in the gallery which enables them to view short films highlighting key features of the museum displays.
Highlights of the displays include a full-size reconstruction of part of a Medway prison hulk, archaeological objects that visitors can touch, civic silver and regalia from Medway’s past, the most complete set of 18th-century cabinet maker’s tools in the world, a Victorian drawing room and kitchen, a large selection of paintings and prints of the area, the Dickens Discovery Room and the Rochester “Riverside Eye” camera interactive.
- Opening Hours:
- Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays, 10am to 5pm
- School holidays, except summer: Daily, 10am to 5pm
- Cost: Free
- Telephone: 01634 332900
- Website: www.medway.gov.uk/
- Facebook: @GuildhallMuseumRochester
- Twitter: @Guildhallmuseum
- KCU Learning destination
High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1PY