Salomons Museum is just outside of Royal Tunbridge Wells in a stunning mansion estate built by Decimus Burton. The achievements of three innovative generations of the family Salomon have been preserved here.
Sir David Salomons was the first Jewish Lord Mayor of London. He campaigned for political rights of religious minorities. Sir David Lionel Salomons, was a scientist, engineer, photographer and inventor. He was the first person in the country to install electricity in a private residence. Captain David Reginald Salomons, was a hero in the First World War whose story has been made into a West End musical, ‘The Dreamers’.
A private theatre equipped with one of the finest electrically driven philharmonic organs – the Welte Organ – is now the only one of its kind left in the world.
The Cranbrook Museum houses 6,000 heritage objects including impressive costume and military memorabilia. The installations are arrayed over 3 floors with each room offering a different theme. It is a perfect portrayal of what life was like locally from tools which the local trades and services used to family life and more.
There are regular free family events from the Tunbridge Wells Museum (closed for renovations from 30 November 2018) including outdoors fun! During the summer months the High Weald Walks, Mini Beast Safaris and Bug Hunts are a series of walks through the green areas in and around Royal Tunbridge Wells.
The walks are led by renowned natural history expert Dr Ian Beavis and they are an exciting way to learn about our countryside, bugs and plants.
All these events are free but places are limited. For more information and to book please contact the museum.