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.

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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 and may change on a daily basis.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • U2392UDsharonb
      The enthusiasm of the team here is remarkable!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 7th September 2021
      We absolutely recommend coming to visit the museum. The staff are so knowledgeable.The exhibits are diverse and very personal, ie Eddie Izzard’s train set and gift to his late father. The Nazi... Read full review
    • DudhiB
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Super museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 15th September 2021
      Wow! What a great place! The team are superb and so knowledgeable and easy to talk with. The layout is amazing and it is much bigger than you can imagine. Lots of information about the war and more... Read full review
    • sandywL4380UD
      Museum not to be missed
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 15th October 2021
      Probably the best Museum of a town I have ever visited. So many displays and interesting facts. Packed with objects displayed in pristine condition. Eddie Izzard connection fascinating, including a... 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

    2021 (17 May 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
    DayTimes
    MondayClosed
    Tuesday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00

    * Open most Bank Holiday Mondays, please check website or call.
    Closed Christmas Day.

    Awards

    • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2019 Tourism South East Member 2019 2019
    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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