Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Johns Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings, East Sussex, TN34 1ET

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External view of Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, East Sussex


Visit Hastings’ family-friendly and diverse Museum and Art Gallery for an exploration of art, heritage and history from around the world.

The fascinating 'Before Hastings' and 'Story of Hastings in 66 Objects' galleries recount the history of the area from prehistory to the Saxons and from 1066 to today.

Discover the local wildlife that you can spot in our town and countryside today and bring yourself face to face with the creatures of the dinosaurs and fossils gallery.

Explore the lives of the Native North Americans from the Plains and Sub-Arctic areas before visiting Grey Owl, the Hastings-born Canadian conservationist, linking the world of the Native Americans back to our local area.

The beautiful ceramics gallery and exciting regular temporary exhibitions in the art gallery will captivate lovers of both historical and contemporary art.

The spectacular Durbar Hall, built for the Indian and Colonial exhibition of 1886, displays a magnificent collection of culture from India, the Far East and Australasia. The adjoining gallery explores the Brassey family who collected the amazing artefacts that make up the Durbar Hall.

Visit Hastings Museum and Art Gallery’s website to find out more.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • badmintontim
      Hastings, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A Great Visit here
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 16th October 2020
      We went here with two small children and had a great visit with the team there taking the COVID situation very seriously - a great trail of where’s wally for the children to find as well which was... Read full review
    • darrylt187
      St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Charming curation
      4 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 20th December 2020
      If in town do first visit the local museum and that's really the case when in Hastings. The town's history is clearly and delightfully told. Also the extension holds a first class art gallery. One or... Read full review
    • 620gpe
      East Sussex
      Well worth the visit.
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 18th June 2021
      Fantastic and totally enjoyable experience. Well worth visiting. The layout and the way that the museum is organised was first class. Thank you to all who are involved. Read full review

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    Nearest major road is A21. Off the A21 opposite Falaise Road.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest station is Hastings. Turn left at end of Station Approach, then 2nd left into Priory Street. Turn right at end of Priory Street into Cambridge Road. Museum is located on the right at the top of the hill where Cambridge Road becomes Bohemia Road.



    • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
    • Ramp/Level Access
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors


    • Picnic Site

    Establishment Features

    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages
    • Toilets

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 01:30
    • Euros accepted

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • Italian printed material

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • Indoor Attraction
    • No Smoking Attraction

    Specialist Features

    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted

    Opening Times

    Winter opening (10 Dec 2021 - 16 Mar 2022)

    * Closed 12.30-2pm for cleaning.


    Saturday, 29th May 2021 - Sunday, 29th August 2021

    Ingenius Contraptions at Hastings Museum and Art GalleryIngenious ContraptionsIngenious Contraptions introduces amazing automata from Cabaret mechanical Theatre's collection. This exhibition is entertaining and engaging for families and art enthusiasts alike. The automata capture moments of humour and offer alluring illusion.
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    Monday, 9th August 2021 - Monday, 9th August 2021

    shadow puppets of underwater creatures against a red and white background.Carnival of DeepCarnival of the Deep is a free, fun and participatory arts-based workshop for home schoolers, or those who have been home schooled due to the pandemic.
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    Friday, 10th September 2021 - Sunday, 5th December 2021

    Crossings: community and refugeCrossings: community and refugeEngaging audiences in questions of identity, belonging and sharing our world, A British Museum Spotlight Loan 'Crossings: community and refuge' brings the Lampedusa cross with Issam Kourbaj's poignant boat artwork, ‘Dark Water, Burning World’, to Hastings for the first time in an exhibition…
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    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Best of the Best Award - 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Best of the Best Award - 2020 2020
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
    • Tourism South East Award -The Beautiful South - Awards for Excellence 2020 - 2021 Bronze The Beautiful South - Awards for Excellence 2020 - 2021 Bronze 2021

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