Weddings, Ceremonies & Hires

black and white photo of George Woods wedding

Please note: due to the current COVID-19 outbreak we are closed to the public for the foreseeable future. We are still accepting hire and wedding enquires at

On this page you will find information about:

  • The Venue
  • Weddings and Ceremonies
  • Room and Building Hire

The Venue

Built in 1886 for the Indian & Colonial Exhibition, the Museum's magnificent Durbar Hall offers a unique venue for weddings, civil partnerships, naming ceremonies, commitment ceremonies or renewal of vows.

This stunning hall comprises of two floors and a lantern roof. The stairway, with arched balcony from the upper floor, offers a dramatic entrance to the ground floor. Carved in teak and deodar cedar by two skilled workers from the Punjab together with the glowing stained-glass windows, the Durbar Hall creates an intimate and enchanting atmosphere for your special occasion.

The Durbar Hall can seat 76 guests. Dates can be arranged by telephone, e-mail or during a visit to the Museum. For more information please contact Ben Ellis on 01424 451155 or at

Weddings and Ceremonies

The latest time a ceremony can be held is 3pm (April - October) or 2pm (November - March). We offer three package tiers, starting from £450.  A booking form must be completed and a £100 deposit paid to secure the booking; the balance will be required a month in advance of the ceremony.

Opportunities for photography in the the grounds outside the Museum are superb with lawns, flowerbeds and a stone loggia all providing an elegant backdrop. We would be pleased to talk to you about your special day. Contact Ben Ellis on 01424 451155 or at for more information.

Room and Building Hire

Planning an event? Then why not hold it at the museum? 

From the spacious and versatile Long Gallery to the intimate splendour of the Durbar Hall, the Museum collections provide the perfect setting in which to inspire and entertain. Hire fees for events are charged at a reasonable hourly rate and use of various equipment is available.

For further information and bookings please contact Ben Ellis on 01424 451155 or at

Wedding prices and hire fees can be found in our Fees and Charges 2020-21 document.

© 2019 Hastings Borough Council.  Unless otherwise stated these pages are copyright protected.  All rights reserved. Please read our Privacy Policy.
Magnifying glass icon