Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

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Opened in 1908 this fine Edwardian building houses West Sussex's largest museum. Permanent displays include archaelogy, one of the UK's largest costume collections, local history and decorative art. Over ten temporary exhibitions a year from contemporary art to themed displays. Varied events programme including Local History Day, Family Art Day's and Fashion and Textile events as well as demonstrations and workshops for adults and children.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00

Closed Sundays, Mondays and some Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Admission free

The museum's collections include local archaelogy from Worthing and the surrounding area; costume and textiles dating from 1600; juvenilia; work by members of the Camden Town Group; work by English water-colourists; typographical collection of paintings, prints and drawings; Colin Mear's bequest of chidrens books; material relating to the history of Worthing

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Literature, Natural Sciences, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Key artists and exhibits

  • Berenger Benger; John Randall Bratby; Elizabeth Chettle; Myles Birket Foster; Charles Ginner; Keith Henderson; William Holman Hunt; Barnard Meninsky; Charles Alfred Morris; Lucien Pissarro; Ernest Procter; Sir Stanley Spencer
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Our Place: Annual Schools Exhibition 2015

  • 23 May — 19 September 2015 *on now

The South East’s most popular annual exhibition of art work created by schoolchildren returns to Towner and now also into two new partner sites: Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, West Sussex and the Flora Twort Gallery Petersfield, Hampshire.

This year’s theme invites school children to look at the built heritage of the South Downs – whether ancient or modern, domestic or industrial, places of worship or commemoration.

The exhibition will take the form of small scale buildings made by pupils, whose schools will be issued with a 1m2 ‘plot of land’ each.

Working in partnership with the South Downs National Park, Towner and the two galleries will be engaging schools across Hampshire, West and East Sussex in a project that draws on the rich resources of the national park and local museums and galleries.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



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Nature & Nurture

  • 9 June — 4 July 2015 *on now

An exhibition of drawing, painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, work in progress and interactive art by emerging artists.

Amelia Bjornsen, Yasmin Raphael and Heather E. Williamson.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission



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.
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Training for War - exploring the history of Shoreham Army Camp

  • 1 September 2014 — 25 September 2015 *on now

Worthing Museum in partnership with Worthing College received a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to help film students and older volunteers to discover and collate stories about the huge Shoreham Army Camp. Some of the potential research themes will include entertainment and mutiny.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free of charge admission to museum and galleries incl. temporary exhibitions



Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Chapel Road
West Sussex
BN11 1HP




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