St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
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Located at the heart of the beautiful, historic town of Lymington, St Barbe is a dynamic museum and highly regarded art gallery that appeals to both locals and New Forest visitors.

The museum explores the history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. Inspired by local pride, and supported by the local community, its collections and colourful, hands-on displays offer a fascinating insight into the area for all ages. Recently refurbished, the museum tells the story of the area and its people using modern, interactive displays.
The art gallery specifications enable St Barbe to borrow works from national collections including the Tate, V&A and British Museum, often for unique bespoke exhibitions that have drawn acclaim from across the UK.

Previous exhibitions on individual artists include Evelyn Dunbar and Sven Berlin and St Barbe also impresses visitors with themed exhibitions on topics including 18th century marine painting, the Women's Land Army and the Dazzle patterning used in the First World War.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1700 Bank holidays Inclusive

Admission charges

Museum and gallery: £6, concessions: £5, child: £3, family: £12


  • Museums Association
  • National Art Pass
  • International Council of Museums

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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