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Museums in Kent

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With such a long and impressive history, it won't be a great surprise that Kent is well served with excellent museums. But it's not just the history of the county that is well covered.

As well as the numerous local and regional museums that chart the past centuries of their particular area, there are all manner of specialist exhibitions to entice you.

There's the impressive Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham, full of the enormous military hardware used by the unit since its inception. At the other end of the scale are the many childhood memories that a visit to Penshurst Place's Toy Museum will bring back.

For the musically inclined, Finchcocks not only exhibits some of Europe's rarest and most important instruments, but also has regular performances and top quality recitals.

Sometimes you'll go to a museum that will completely surprise you with what you find. Quex House is a good example of that. From the outside it's an attractive stately home and impressive gardens, but inside it's as though you've wandered into another world... or at least another continent. It was home to Major Powell- Cotton, a renowned explorer who spent much of his life travelling the darkest areas of Africa and Asia, and bringing back an unbelievable array of animals and artefacts. The vast dioramas are perfect to the tiniest detail, and the intricate carved Asian furniture in the house is world class.

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