St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

St. Barbe Museum, Lymington
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St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery tells the story of the coastal strip between the New Forest and The Solent and hosts a changing programme of high quality exhibitions.
St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery is an independent, charitable organisation run by the Lymington Museum Trust. Since opening in its finished form in 1999 St. Barbe Museum has acquired a reputation as one of the finest small museums and art galleries in the region and has received national recognition for its superb exhibitions.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1600 Bank holidays Inclusive
Sun & Christmas Period Closed

Admission charges

Museum and gallery: £4, concessions: £3, child: £2, family: £10


  • Museums Association

The area has seen a thriving salt industry, smugglers landing their illegal cargoes on the coast, and has a long tradition of innovative boat building. The museum's aim is to capture the unique flavour of life in the district and to bring first class art exhibitions into the town. Since the beginning of the project in 1988, we have pursued an active collections policy, and today we have catalogued over 20,000 individual items which will tell the story of the six parishes. The collection covers a wide range from geology - fossils from the 40 million years old Barton Beds; Old Stone Age hand axes, flint tools and medieval pottery; local industry - pistons and piston rings manufactured in Lymington by Wellworthy, as well as many familar and not so familiar objects illustrating the more recent history of the area.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History

St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
St. Barbe Museum
New Street
SO41 9BH




01590 676969


01590 679 997

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