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


Note on current opening times: 

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is open Thursday - Sunday, 10am - 12.30pm and 2-5pm.
Christmas opening hours will be Tuesday 21st - Friday 24th and Tuesday 28th - Friday 31st December.

Opening hours will be reviewed in Spring 2022. Visitors are required to wear face masks unless exempt.
School visits, volunteer projects and other museum work is taking place on site when the museum is closed to the public.


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:

    • SergioR1
      Eastbourne, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      A hidden gem
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 30th August 2021
      Great free local museum & gallery. A fantastic way to get know the history of the town & some famouse local characters. The Indian palace interior recreation was one of the highlights for me. The... Read full review
    • Shinylifeforme
      London, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Nice little museum
      4 of 5 stars
      Friday, 19th November 2021
      Nice little museum with lots of hands-on exhibits, local history and art. I really enjoyed wandering around and learning all about Hastings and surrounding areas, with so many interesting... Read full review
    • MCBG76
      Surprisingly wonderful
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 14th December 2021
      We found an eclectic mix of interesting and beautiful exhibits here, including a very ornately carved room and the astonishing story of "Grey Owl"! 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

    Opening Times

    Winter opening (1 Nov 2021 - 1 Apr 2022)
    Monday - WednesdayClosed
    Thursday - Sunday10:00 - 12:30
    14:00 - 17:00


    Thursday, 20th January 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

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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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