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The Rochester Guildhall was built in 1687 and is one of the
finest 17th-century civic buildings in Kent. Its staircase and main
hall have magnificent plaster ceilings, given in 1695 by Admiral
Sir Cloudsley Shovell, who was the Member of Parliament for the
city of Rochester at the time.
- Open 10am to 4.30pm (4pm last admission) Tuesdays to
Sundays. Please see our
- Free entry
- Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January 2014
- Check out the video above for a virtual tour of the museum
or read the full version of the Guildhall Museum
collections feature "A treasure chest of local history" which
appears in the
April May 2013 edition of Medway Matters. (pdf
Your museum needs you
We are planning an exhibition in the New Year to commemorate 100
years since the start of the war that was meant to end all
But the museum's curators are keen to give the show an even more
local feel by asking residents to share family memories and
memorabilia that offer a real glimpse of what life was like on the
Home Front here in Medway between 1914 and 1918.
Residents with a story to share or objects, photographs and
other artefacts that could feature in the exhibition should email
or call the museum on 01634 332900
Gadgets and Gizmos exhibition
Check out Gadgets and Gizmos, an amazing collection of
eccentric, ingenious and unusual inventions from the
past, runs until 28 February 2014. Entry is free.
Quizes and leaflets
The museum was founded in 1897, in honour of Queen Victoria's
Diamond Jubilee. It was first set up in Eastgate House further
along the High Street and was moved into the Guildhall in 1979.
The wide-ranging collections are housed in two separate
buildings, the Guildhall (1687) and the River Medway Conservancy
Board Building (1909).
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 River
Medway has played in shaping the environmental and human history of
Medway. Text accompanying this exhibition is reproduced in English,
French and Dutch.
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
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
- a Victorian drawing room and kitchen
- a large selection of paintings and prints of the area
- the Dickens Discovery Room
- the Rochester "Riverside Eye" camera interactive.
Free quizzes for children and families are always available.
Borrow a clipboard and pencil and follow a themed trail around the
The Medway Conservancy Board Building of the museum is
now closed between 1pm and 2pm each day.
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