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:

  • citrusmatcha
    United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A museums that delightfully shows Hasting's history.
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 3rd September 2020
    Due to covid social distancing guidelines, they require visitors to book a time slot before their visit, so don't forget to book on their website before you come. The museum has a great permanent... Read full review
  • 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

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.


Thursday, 21st January 2021 - Sunday, 9th May 2021

Hastings Museum, Hastings, East Sussex, Exhibiton, Laetitia Yhap My Vital Life - Laetitia Yhap at 80My Vital Life is a celebration of the life and work of Laetitia Yhap, Hastings resident and acclaimed British 20th century painter. This exhibition reflects Laetitia's unique approach to the world and the stories she attaches to objects. Explore her 'vital life' through a selection of her drawings…
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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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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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