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The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex House

A house and museum reflective of the diverse interests of John Powell Powell and his family.

Quex Park, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH

Quex House in Kent

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  • Easily accessible without car
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  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
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Quex House was built in 1812, and many of the passions and interests of its builder John Powell Powell can still be seen today, including a collection of Napoleonic memorabilia, a collection of naval canon and the distinctive boat-shaped curve to two of the publicly accessible rooms.

In its lifetime, the house has been extensively remodelled, with the current layout largely reflecting the life of Percy Powell-Cotton and his family, who lived in the house in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Percy is perhaps best known as the founder of the Powell-Cotton Museum and an explorer, and his travels and enthusiasm for collecting spilled into his house. Many exotic influences can be found in the Oriental Drawing Room, for example.

Today the house is run by a Charitable Trust, but continues to reflect the eclectic style and homely feel of the Powell-Cotton family.

Opening Times

The Powell-Cotton Museum is currently closed for ‘reimagining’.

Admission

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Group Visits

The Powell-Cotton Museum is currently closed for ‘reimagining’.

Educational Visits

The Powell-Cotton Museum is currently closed for ‘reimagining’.

Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Access statement available
  • Accessible parking
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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