Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

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

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Hastings Museum and Art Gallery



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 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:

    • Mangojone
      October visit to Hastings seafront
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 3rd November 2023
      Visited in mid October with family and friends. Parking expensive £7 for 6 hours at seafront car park but seems to be average price. Played the crazy golf which is next to the seafront car park and... Read full review
    • Bargeegirl
      West Sussex, United Kingdom
      Worth a visit when in Hastings.
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 20th November 2023
      Plenty to see in this lovely museum. Lots of Hastings history plus visiting exhibitions. Love the Durbar hall and it's eclectic exhibits. Also the seaside exhibition takes you into the past. Drinks... Read full review
    • JanetPowell
      Redhill, United Kingdom
      Well worth a visit
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 2nd April 2024
      Visited with grandkids 11 and 9. Both had been before but still enjoyed it. Staff were very friendly and helpful and a good and varied selection of Hastings-related exhibits. limited free parking... 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, 1/2 mile away. Cross the road at the station entrance, and turn right into Cornwallis Terrace. Turn left again 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

    • Toilets

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 01:30

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • Indoor Attraction

    Specialist Features

    • Marketed Towards Children
    • Marketed Towards Families

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted


    Saturday, 4th May 2024 - Sunday, 25th August 2024

    poster for Black Joy exhibitionBlack Joy! Up Close and PersonalOver 40 talent artist from the South East present their work at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.
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    Saturday, 11th May 2024 - Sunday, 14th July 2024

    Artwork from It Matters to MeIt Matters to MeAn exhibition of artworks created by students from Hastings Academy.
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    Sunday, 23rd June 2024 - Sunday, 23rd June 2024

    Crowd at Sanctuary Festival surround a large poster that reads 'Hastings supports Refugees'.Sanctuary Festival 2024
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    Saturday, 20th July 2024 - Sunday, 6th October 2024

    Artwork by Jo IsraelJo Israel: On the Edge of NothingnessAn exhibition of works by Hastings artist, Jo Israel.
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    Saturday, 28th September 2024 - Sunday, 12th January 2025

    Artwork by Corinne Corbett-ThompsonThe Corinne Corbett-Thompson ExhibitionAn exhibition full of colour at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery.
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    • 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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