About the Museum

Front view of 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:

Local history is displayed 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. This is where you can discover all sorts of fascinating stories and inspiring people who have made Hastings the town we know today.

We have some great natural history stuff here -- come face-to-face with dinosaurs in our Fossils Gallery, which is full of hands-on activities, or get up close to the wildlife you can still spot around us today in our Wildlife displays.

There is plenty for art lovers too. We have bright new displays in our Ceramics Gallery and our Temporary Exhibitions are now in the ground floor Art Gallery and First Floor Walkway, offering 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!

Museum staff:

Lara Bolch - Visitor Services Co-ordinator

For enquiries about the museum shop

Ben Ellis - Museum Facilities Co-ordinator

For enquiries about weddings, events and venue hire

Catherine Harvey - Curator of Art & World Cultures

For enquiries about Fine & Decorative Arts, World Cultures and the exhibition programme

Kathleen Lawther - Collections Curator

For enquiries about Local & Natural History, Archaeology and Archives. 

Sam Smith - Museum Learning Officer 

For enquiries about education events, resources and projects

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