Fishermen's Museum

Rock-a-Nore Road, HASTINGS, East Sussex, TN34 3DW

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Fishermen's Museum

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The museum is housed in a former church (dedicated to St Nicholas) which was built on the beach in 1854 to serve the local fishing community.  It operated as a church until 1930 but was turned into a museum in 1956 by the Old Hastings Preservation Society.

It looks after one of the famous net huts next to the building where you can also find the Edward and Mary which, in 1919, became the first locally-built fishing boat to be installed with an engine, and The Valiant, which was built in Newhaven in 1953 and worked from Hastings until 1999.  On the beach in front of the boats is an anchor dating from Napoleonic times.

Exhibits in the museum include model ships and boats, fishing gear, historic paintings and photographs illustrating the Hastings fishing industry.

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Guide Prices

Free but donations welcome; prebooking required for groups - 40 maximum group size.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Lilstarz91
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Not really my thing
      3 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 19th April 2022
      A small museum something to do for a little bit while here. If your interested in the history of this or are interested then defo worth to go but if this is not your thing then probs give a miss. We... Read full review
    • Molly L
      Bury St. Edmunds, United Kingdom
      Very Interesting
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 29th April 2022
      A small museum with a great deal of interesting and informative information. Makes you appreciate the past and present; even have a fishing boat for you to go on. Read full review
    • fmn6
      Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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      Couples
      Lovely museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 30th April 2022
      This is a lovely little museum with lots of interesting exhibits and information. Free admission. Volunteers are helpful and welcoming. Would recommend visiting and making a small donation to keep... Read full review

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    Accessibility

    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted
    • Guided Tours Available for Groups

    Opening Times

    Fishermen's Museum (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00

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    Awards

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

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