From school visits, to home educating groups, find out about our growing learning offer here
We are open at weekends and bank holidays throughout the year until the end of October with lots of exciting events and activities. Please visit our ‘what’s on’ page to see our latest events.
Throughout this year we will be continuing our re-imagining work. This includes significant building repairs to protect the museum collection and an extensive conservation programme which will require objects to be removed from display at times. We do anticipate some gallery closures during this work however we will do our best to minimise the impact on our visitor experience. We know our visitors will understand the need for this work, so thank you for your support. We will update this page regularly so you know what to expect from your upcoming visit. You can also contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
All galleries are open!
Gallery 2 – is open however some animals are wearing ‘raincoats’ to protect them from water ingress into the diorama. Objects from the Ugandan, Kenyan and Ethiopian cases are not on display as part of a re-interpretation project.
Quex House will be closed for weddings on the following dates. We are happy to validate your museum ticket for a future house tour if you visit on a wedding day.
Saturday 24th June
Concession (over 65, disabled, student with student ID): £3.00
Child (4-16): £2.50
Infant (0-3): Free
Carer / Companion (accompanying a disabled person): Free
We are delighted to offer membership options for our visitors this year. Regular visitors can ensure even better value for money. Memberships are available from the shop on arrival.
Adult + 1 child: £17.50
Joint Adult + 2 children: £35
Concession + 1 child: £15
Joint Concession + 2 children : £30
Additional child Add-on: £5 per child
Our 2023 season open days
11th Feb – 31st March, 11 am – 3 pm, weekends and bank holidays
1st April – 31st August, 11 am – 4 pm, weekends and bank holidays
1st September – 31st October, 11 am – 3 pm, weekends and bank holidays
You can pre-book your visit online here.
Tickets will be available to purchase in person, on the day. We advise pre-booking online wherever possible to guarantee your chosen visit date.
Group Bookings: Please see our group visits page.
School Bookings: Please see our school visits page under ‘learning’.
You can get to us by car, bus and train and taxi.
There are no buses passing Quex Park. The walk from Birchington village is level and there are no hills or slopes. The bus stop is 0.7 miles / 1.1 km from Powell-Cotton Museum, House and Gardens.
The nearest train station is Birchington-on-Sea. The train station is 1 miles / 1.6 km from Powell-Cotton Museum, House and Gardens.
You can get a taxi with Central Cars who offer an accessible taxi service. Please call in advance by calling (01843) 88 88 88. They have a wheelchair accessible vehicle on request.
The Powell-Cotton Museum, Quex House and Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH.
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We have a car park adjacent to the main museum building entrance. The parking is less than 50 metres from the main entrance. Parking is free and there are three accessible parking spaces.
There is a drop-off point with a dropped curb at the main entrance. From the car park to the entrance, there is level access. The route is a minimum of 1500mm wide.
Our accessibility statement is available here
Our gardens have concrete pathways however tree roots have made them bumpy in places and moss can make them slippery. Please take care whilst walking in the gardens. We have a full accessibility statement available
If you have a suggestion on how we can improve accessibility, please contact us email@example.com
Assistance dogs only are allowed in the museum, house and gardens. If your assistance dog is thirsty we will provide water, please just ask a member of staff.
Male, female, gender-neutral and accessible toilets are available in the main museum building.
The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our top priority. For this reason, we ask all visitors to observe the following:
We encourage the wearing of face-coverings, particularly on busy days however we understand this is a personal choice
If you are feeling unwell, please do not visit. Follow NHS guidance. We will provide refunds to those who cannot re-book for another date
Please respect the personal space of those around you. We want everyone to feel safe and comfortable during their visit.
We have thorough cleaning regimes in place. If you spot something that needs attention, please report it to a member of staff.
We will continue to follow all government guidelines and will update visitor information regularly
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the gardens. Please take your rubbish home with you.
Our gift shop stocks delicious ice cream and cold drinks.
Felicity’s cafe is situated at the front of the museum. They serve breakfasts, lunches, desserts and delicious afternoon tea’s. All their cakes are freshly baked on site. For more information and to book please visit https://felicityscafeatquex.co.uk/ or call 01843 482004. Indoor and outdoor seating available, pre-booking is advised.