Shipwreck Museum

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

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Touch part of the wooden London Bridge that spanned the River Thames in Roman times; sit on a dinosaur footprint while holding a dinosaur bone; get up close to part of a Roman ship, identified as the earliest sea-going sailing vessel ever discovered in the northern hemisphere; feel a perfectly-preserved 4000 year old Bronze Age tree; try out your skills at tying knots and handling pulleys; see an Anglo-Saxon dugout canoe. All this – and a great deal more – awaits you at the Shipwreck Museum, situated in the historic Old Town of Hastings, which contains a truly astonishing array of maritime artefacts.

Outstanding amongst these are the displays focusing on two major historic shipwrecks, both to be found locally - the 17th-century warship Anne, the only known accessible survivor of Samuel Pepys’ Restoration navy, and the great 18th-century Dutch East Indiaman, the Amsterdam, the best-preserved wreck of an East Indiaman anywhere in the world, two-thirds complete and with most of her cargo still on board! With the additional attraction of a well-stocked gift shop for you to browse, it is no surprise that the Shipwreck Museum draws in around 80,000 visitors each year.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • tracyb75
      Canterbury, United Kingdom
      Interesting place to look around
      4 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 11th May 2024
      Lovely little museum,good info and history,doesn't take long to look around but very interesting.jad some great items to look at Read full review
    • sageofstockwell
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      Couples
      A hidden gem!
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 11th May 2024
      What a little gem of a museum this is! A lovingly curated and impressively diverse collection of shipwreck artefacts covering many centuries, we were particularly impressed by Tim's passion and... Read full review
    • Katie B
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Good little museum
      5 of 5 stars
      Friday, 17th May 2024
      Fascinating free museum with lots of information and films about shipwrecks around the coast. Spent more time here than we expected to. Well worth a visit if you are interested in history and ships. Read full review

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    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Ramp/Level Access

    Establishment Features

    • Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    Printed Material in Foreign Languages

    • French printed material
    • German printed material
    • Italian printed material
    • Spanish printed material

    Provider Preferences

    • In town/city centre
    • Indoor Attraction

    Tours and Demonstrations

    • Educational Visits Accepted

    Opening Times

    Summer opening hours (1 Apr 2024 - 31 Oct 2024)
    DayTimes
    Monday - Sunday10:30 - 17:00

    * Please check the website for Christmas and bank holiday opening times.

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