What's to see

On entering the museum, visitors can experience the character of the house Charles Dickens visited.

In the room that Charles knew as a dining room, you will find his writing box and mahogany sideboard, along with a fine collection of prints by H K Browne (Phiz), one of Dickens’ principal illustrators. There is also a selection of letters written by Charles Dickens about Broadstairs, and examples of early editions of Charles Dickens novels and serial publications.

Dickens House -  Writing slope

The parlour, described by Dickens and illustrated by Phiz, will be known to readers of David Copperfield. The cupboard in the corner may be recognised as the ‘press’ from which Miss Betsey produced the concoctions she poured down the throat of young David Copperfield, when he arrived at her home after running away from London.

Dickens House - Parlour

The archway, that was the door to the earlier Tudor cottage, leads into two further rooms, that contain a wide collection of Dickens commemorative items including Royal Doulton figurines, ceramics, and a display of Old Broadstairs.

The stairs to the first floor are lined with pictures of the characters from Dickens novels and lead into two display rooms that contain Victorian costumes and Victoriana. These objects would have been everyday items to Charles and his family.

 Dickens House -  Costumes