Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

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Horsham Museum is situated at the head of the Causeway one of Sussex's and most picturesque streets of period buildings. The museum building itself dates back to the 1400's and is well worth a visit alone. Horsham Museum is a treasure house of local history housed in over 26 galleries. There are two small, very pretty walled gardens. The museum has a purpose built education room and talks are available for schools. There is a school loan and reminiscence loan box service. The museum has a programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year in two exhibition rooms so there is always something new to see. Due to the age of the building, the first floor is not accessible to wheelchairs.


Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1700

Closed: Sunday & Bank Holidays

Admission charges


Additional info

There is a public pay and display car park just to the rear of the museum.

Local history

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Law and Order, Literature, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Bicycles, saddlery, Shelley books, geology, costume, costume accessories, toys, kitchen and gardening, rural crafts and trades, Cabinet of Curiosity, crime and punishment.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Horsham Perambulated – or a tour of Edwardian Horsham

  • 7 January — 25 March 2017 *on now

Explore with us the fascinating and eye-opening Maps of Edwardian Horsham that reveal many forgotten nooks and crannies. Some of the maps were drawn up to create an Edwardian doomsday book, now they are used to show where pubs were, the cattle pens in the bishopric, saw mills, iron works, pleasure grounds etc. Alongside these historic maps will be photographs, costume and interesting items that bring the streets to life.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free entry

Stitching Time - featuring the work of Iris Bishop

  • 7 February — 17 March 2017 *on now

The wonderful textile creations of Sussex artist Iris Bishop include digital print fabrics and finely woven silks, with intricately stitched, translucent weaves of colour for a contemporary take on textiles. Take for example one of Iris’s latest designs - ‘Floral Fantasy’ - a digital print on silk crepe-de-chine fabric. Gorgeous soft, silky fabric which slips lightly through your fingers, the design is layered with images of flowers, drawings, photographs and motifs from her 3D work. Or ‘Macrame Flow’, with its bright yarns and inspirational recycled materials, including strips of sari silk skilfully knotted and braided into a free form piece that drapes elegantly around the body. Iris will also be stitching time together within her own display as well as with the museum’s, as she showcases the story of some of her techniques in a fascinating display case.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Silence and Slow Time – the fine art of Benjamin Smith

  • 7 February — 10 March 2017 *on now

The stunning exhibition by this award-winning artist shows how the techniques of painting, drawing and composition created by the great painters in the European art tradition are still relevant today. And, when you see Benjamin Smith’s work in the flesh - when you stand in its presence - you will realise just how powerful these techniques and skills are. To translate the image through the medium of paint or pencil into an image that stays with you long after first viewing is a powerful ability that few genuinely have: that is why Old Masters have that status, and precisely why Benjamin Smith is an artist whose work you will want to explore again and again.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Reminiscence Loan Box Service


Horsham Museum and Art Gallery runs a popular Reminiscence loans service, tailored for care homes and carers in the district. Please note, these are not suitable for loan to schools.

The Reminiscence Loan Boxes are loaned free of charge to residential homes, sheltered accommodation and any club for the elderly throughout the Horsham District. The boxes are also available to organisations for the elderly outside the District for an annual fee of £100. This fee allows you to borrow as many boxes as you like and also gives you a discount on the fee for Reminiscence Training.

How to obtain

Call us on 01403 254959 or email museum@horsham.gov.uk for more information

School workshops and Learning


School workshops are run by Miranda Mitchell, a freelance Education Officer who has worked closely with Horsham Museum over a number of years to tell, explain and explore fascinating stories. The workshops offer talks and handling sessions with a selection of high historical value items enabling greater interaction between the objects and students. Workshops can be cross-curricular and range from those designed for early years/reception through to Key Stage 4. Workshops can be held either at your own premises or, if you wish to increase the benefit to your students, at the Museum when a walking tour of the museum can be included.

A visit from the education officer will bring history to life, capturing the children's imagination. A detailed description of the Discover and Explore can be found on the Museum's website, where common themes are listed.

How to obtain

Contact Horsham Museum on 01403 254959

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery
Causeway House
9 Causeway
West Sussex
RH12 1HE




General email address for all enquires



01403 254959


01403 282594

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