Bexhill Museum

Egerton Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 3HL

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Child reading information by a display of seashells at Bexhill Museum

About

It’s curious, it’s quirky, it’s packed to the rafters with diverse objects with a surprise in every cabinet and around every corner. It’s no wonder that Bexhill Museum has such a varied assortment of delights – it’s been around for 105 years.

Whether you’re a local person or a visitor who knows nothing about the town, don’t think there is nothing here for you. The two most common comments in our visitors’ book and online are “I didn’t realise there was so much in it” and “It’s a little gem.”

Four distinct themes

The original gallery has now been joined by three others – the latest being opened in September 2019. Each has a different theme and children are well catered for in each gallery with free quizzes to encourage them to look and find.

We are also getting a name for ourselves among the model railway fraternity with two layouts linked to actor Eddie Izzard, a local lad and the museum patron.

Dinosaurs and natural history

We’re big on dinosaurs. The Sargent Gallery, named after a long-serving curator, has dinosaur footprints (found on the beach) and dinosaur fossils. See a bone from the world’s smallest dinosaur, found in Bexhill.

There are lots of natural history and geology exhibits, giving an impression of a curio collection assembled by Victorian or Edwardian collectors. Indeed, that is where a lot of the stuff came from in the early years of the museum.

One of the surprising sights is the original architects’ model of Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion. Until you see this you won’t realise the town has only half a Pavilion. One of the volunteers will explain it to you.

Costume and social history

The Costume and Social History Gallery has clothing through the ages including a dress worn by Queen Victoria. It has a chequered history.

In between the costumes are old household items and toys – and you don’t have to be too old to recognise some of them. Star Wars, anyone?

And what would a costume gallery be without the opportunity for children to dress up in various costumes? Let them take their pick.

Motor racing and model railways

Bexhill has a part in the history of motor racing in Britain. What is recognised as the first race in the country took place in 1902 along the seafront. Come and discover the reasons behind it. You can also see a reproduction of the car which won the race in the Motoring and Transport Gallery.

Here also is Eddie Izzard’s childhood train set where you can set two trains running. Again, one of our volunteers will explain the story behind the set. Another model railway is the centrepiece of the Bexhill in World War II Gallery. This shows Bexhill in December 1940 when the town was covered in deep snow.

Eddie’s father, John, was a 12-year-old at the time and always remembered the snow so Eddie had the idea of designing a railway layout as a tribute to him. A volunteer will give a presentation about the railway and other items in the gallery.

Oh, and you might also be treated to a volunteer playing on the museum’s 120-year-old piano.

Find out more about the museum, including an interview with its curator, here.

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£3.00 per ticket
Child 6-16 yrs£1.50 per ticket
including students over 16£2.50 per ticket
pre booked groups£2.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only. For further information please visit the website.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Christopher S
      United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great fist to a local historical museum. supported by Eddie Izzard.
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 5th October 2022
      Great place, lots of interesting things to see over many years. Staff very knowledgeable and very helpful. All this for a very small entrance fee. Shame about the parking in the area. Thanks team for... Read full review
    • NijMiller
      Caterham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great museum covering just about everything
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 16th October 2022
      Great museum covering just about everything, including local history starting 240 million years ago to engineering, costume, military and modelling. Excellent railway/model sets and other... Read full review
    • Kwrwrites
      Brighton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Full of interesting gems
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 29th November 2022
      I loved this quirky museum: there is plenty to interest everyone, not just locals. My favourite displays were the vintage clothes (including 1920s gems), the vintage cars, the Second World War... Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is B2182 (Bexhill seafront). On north side of West Parade by the clock tower.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Bexhill. Turn right out of station, down Sea Road to promenade. Turn right along promenade, past De La Warr Pavilion onto West Parade. Turn right on reaching clock tower.

    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Braille labels, guides, local history, handling collection and details
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Catering

    • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Vending machines
    • Picnic Site - in adjacent park

    Establishment Features

    • Toilets

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 3 hours
    • Delta accepted
    • Groups Accepted
    • Maestro Accepted
    • MasterCard accepted
    • Max group size - 55
    • Min group size - 6
    • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
    • Special group rates
    • TIC Staff Admitted Free
    • Visa accepted

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • Indoor Attraction

    Specialist Features

    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families
    • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens
    • Marketed towards student/youth

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    2022 (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)
    DayTimes

    * Bexhill Museum is open six days a week, 11:00am to 4:00pm. We are closed on Mondays.
    Our normal opening hours are:

    Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 4pm

    Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

    Events

    Tuesday, 14th February 2023 - Tuesday, 14th February 2023

    The Living Coast Undersea Experience at Bexhill MuseumTravel underwater in this VR 360° film experience.
    more info

    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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