Welcome to one of the UK's most fascinating visitor attractions, the home of the Powell-Cotton family and its extraordinary collection of treasures.
Quex Museum was established in 1896 by Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866 -1940) to house natural history specimens and cultural objects collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa. Major Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted mammals in representations of their natural habitats. The Quex natural history dioramas are outstanding examples, unique to the UK, stunning for their size, quality and imagery.
The world-class collection at Quex Museum supports the study, understanding and simple enjoyment of the zoological, cultural and ecological diversity of Africa and the Indian sub-continent.
Further galleries in the Museum contain local archaeology as well as textiles, weaponry and a range of ceramics, jade and ivory from Europe, China and Japan which forms an assemblage of six generations of the Powell-Cotton family.
The 15th-century Quex Estate was purchased by the financier John Powell in 1777 and the Regency-period Quex House was completed by his nephew in 1813. The house was remodelled and extended in the late 19th century. The beautiful gardens to be seen today were developed in Victorian times.
Whether you are looking for a family day out or a quiet stroll in beautiful surroundings, we look forward to seeing you at Quex.
Some comments from our Visitors' Book -
Wonderful! A 'Jewel in Kent's crown'.
We have had a fantastic day! All the staff were very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. The collections and the house are chaming and beautifully displayed. Also lovely to see the worksheets etc for the children.Excellent museum, the children loved all of it. Thank you.
Certainly the best museum we have visited. Enjoyed much more than any of the museums in London.
A lovely day's outing with so much diversity in the museum, house and gardens. Loved the fresh flowers in the rooms...
An exquisite, high class endeavour, unique in its quality, value and sense of the essentials of the period it covers. A national - & wider - treasure.
A great place, what a lovely place to have a W.I. picnic. It was wonderful. I shall be back with my family.
So much to see, we will return to take it all in. Gardens fab - serene - inspiring. Cultural exhibits make one think!! Friendly, helpful staff - thank you.