Huguenot Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check the venue's website for the latest details.

The first and only museum of Huguenot history in the country, it tells an important story of Britain’s first refugees.

As Protestants living in Catholic France, the Huguenots struggled to find acceptance for more than three centuries. While some kings were sympathetic and allowed them to practice their religion under strict controls, others subjected them to persecution. By 1685 Huguenots in France had to give up their faith, hide their religion or escape. Many fled to England, where they were well-received thanks to their skills in finance, industry, medicine, arts and crafts.

The Huguenot Museum was established in 2014, initiated by its sister charity the French Hospital which provides care for Huguenot descendants. Displays tell the stories of the Huguenots in Britain, exploring their contribution to the development of the nation.

Permanent collection

The museum provides a home for the French Hospital Collection, which includes paintings, silver, documents, silk samples and personal items that were owned by the Huguenots and their descendants.

Huguenot Museum

95 High Street, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1LX

01634 789347


Opening times

Temporarily closed

Please check our website for up to date opening information which may be subject to change. We will restrict numbers in the galleries and shop if they get too busy. We have installed hand sanitiser stations, one-way systems and increased ventilation.

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