Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Johns Place
Bohemia Road
East Sussex
TN34 1ET






01424 451052

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Detail of Upper Durbar Hall
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Hastings Museum contains a rich and varied mixture of local history, Sussex pottery, paintings, dinosaurs and British wildlife. There are displays on local personalities such as Grey Owl, John Logie Baird and Robert Tressell, and on seaside holidays, Mods and Rockers and Native Americans. The magnificent Durbar Hall contains displays from the fine World Art collection.

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Opening hours

April to October
Tues - Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 12.00-17.00
November - March
Tues - Sat 10.00-16.00
Sun 12.00-16.00

Admission charges


Additional info

Local Studies research room open Wednesday 10.00-14.00 without appointment.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Maritime, Medicine, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
April, by Thomas Hansford Beere

The Four Seasons

  • 6 January 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

An opportunity to view works from the Museum collection, featuring artists such as Theodore Roussel, Carel Weight and George Graham.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Mandarin Ducks with Irises, japanese print

The Nature of Things: Plants in Art

  • 1 February — 20 April 2014 *on now

A selection of ceramics, sketches, paintings and botanical illustrations.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Lyretailed Grouper

Rainforest of the Sea

  • 3 May — 13 July 2014

This striking photographic exhibition, on loan from the Horniman Museum, focuses on the coral reef environment off the North East coast of Borneo. The photographs were taken by Horniman Aquarium curator, Jamie Craggs.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Robert Tressell

The Life and Times of Robert Tressell

  • 27 April 2014 2:30-4pm

As a celebration of the centenary of the publication of 'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists', Steve Peak will talk about Tressell and Mugsborough



Exotic fish

Underwater Wonders

  • 27 May 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Create amazing underwater creatures inspired by the Rainforest of the Sea exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
Jamie Craggs

Rainforests of the Sea

  • 7 June 2014 2-3:30pm

Jamie Craggs, Curator of Rainforest of the Sea, will talk about the inspiration behind his exhibition, highlighting the incredible diversity of life that can be found on the coral reefs and explain some of the problems facing these globally important habitats.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Any age