About the Museum

Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is a family-friendly museum with amazingly diverse collections. There really is something for everyone here!

The Museum was established over 120 years ago and has always offered local people and visitors to the town the opportunity to explore art, culture and history from around the world.  The Museum's collections continue to grow and it now has around 97,000 objects of local history, natural sciences, fine & decorative arts, and world cultures.

Highlights include:

NEW FOR 2016!  Local history returns to this site in two new galleries: Before Hastings tells the story of this area from prehistory to the Saxons, and The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects, which continues the story from 1066 to today.

Wildlife is displayed in dioramas of different local habitats, and you can discover our preshistoric past in our interactive Dinosaur gallery.

Our fine Native North American collection is displayed in three galleries, featuring the Plains and Sub-Arctic areas and the life of Hastings-born celebrity conservationist Grey Owl.

Our Exhibitions Programme is now housed in the Long Gallery.  Check out the What's on section for details of our current programme, which offers an exciting mix of historical and contemporary shows.

The most spectacular part of the Museum is the magnificent Durbar Hall, constructed for the Colonial & Indian Exhibition in 1886.  Donated in 1919 as part of the Brassey Collection, this amazing structure now contains our World Art displays, as well as being used for a range of events, including weddings & civil partnerships.

Explore the Collections section to discover some of the Museum's treasures!

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