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Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

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darrylt187 wrote a review Dec 2020
St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom86 contributions35 helpful votes
If in town do first visit the local museum and that's really the case when in Hastings. The town's history is clearly and delightfully told. Also the extension holds a first class art gallery. One or two curious collections are also included. Worth a visit.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Responded 21 Dec 2020
Thank you for visiting darrylt187, we look forward to welcoming you back again when we can!
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badmintontim wrote a review Oct 2020
Hastings, United Kingdom4,439 contributions1,270 helpful votes
We went here with two small children and had a great visit with the team there taking the COVID situation very seriously - a great trail of where’s wally for the children to find as well which was good. The small shop was very good and well priced as well.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Responded 21 Dec 2020
Thanks for visiting badmintontim and glad the children enjoyed the trail!
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citrusmatcha wrote a review Sep 2020
United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
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Due to covid social distancing guidelines, they require visitors to book a time slot before their visit, so don't forget to book on their website before you come. The museum has a great permanent display of Hasting's significant historic events. Highly recommended if you would like to know more about the town's history and past. There is also a display about the region's natural history and a section on prehistoric Sussex, Ceramics and Indigenous Americans. The museum also houses an art Gallery and the Dunbar Hall, which is a magnificent hall with wood panel carvings. The hall houses a section of the Brassey family's personal collection of objects which they amassed while travelling the world in their yacht. The hall would be a delight for interior design and architecture enthusiasts.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Responded 21 Dec 2020
Thank you for your kind review citrusmatcha.
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Caitriona M wrote a review Feb 2020
Hastings, United Kingdom5 contributions2 helpful votes
Nice architecture of this building, some interesting exhibitions - well chosen and diverse. Good for families.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from HMAG, Operations Coordinator at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Responded 14 Feb 2020
Thanks for visiting Caitriona. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit.
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valinkent wrote a review Dec 2019
Kent47 contributions32 helpful votes
Well worth a visit for at least two hours, with just a couple of minor reservations. - Firstly, however, a few of the many positives: It's free to visit! And, really, it would be well worth an entrance fee, though there are donation boxes at the entrance. Frankly, it's such an engaging museum it would be churlish not to make a donation on your way out. There are fascinating displays about Grey Owl the enigmatic Englishman who became more Native American than the Native Americans and ahead of his time regarding conservation. There was a great collection, part of that from the interesting and much travelled Brassey Family that forms the backbone of this museum, the glorious Durbar Hall which is the jewel in the crown, lots of local history, photographs and film. There are also some excellent interactive displays including what I suspect to be a recent purchase, a multi touch local history and information table which kept my husband and I enthralled for ages! There are also different displays at different times of year which means that return visits are always worthwhile.. A couple of minor negatives - the stuffed bird and animal display looks very much of its 19th/early 20th Century time (rather dusty and depressing) and I get the feeling this must be on the list to be restored. We didn't stop there long. The museum could also do with a cafe - I believe this is on the 'to do' list and if handled correctly could be a nice little earner. We noticed that the Durbar hall is offered as a marriage location - it's certainly beautiful enough - we could imagine how stunning it would look 'dressed overall' and deserves more public attention. I noted another post here on Trip Advisor mentioning the 19th century indian jigsaw - we saw that, absolutely amazing and a nightmare to do. I should imagine. Getting that reproduced (though perhaps in a slightly simpler form!) could also be an earner in the shop which was adequate but not enough to engage older customers. You never know, there might be some retired handymen out there who are handy with a jigsaw willing to take this on as a project! Incidentally, it would be lovely to bring the figurehead of the Sunbeam back 'home'. We saw a relatively recent photo of it in the museum but no explanation as to where it might be now. (Staff/volunteers at the front desk did not have information) Checking Mr Google we understand it's housed at the National Maritime Museum. How lovely it would be if they were to let Hasting Museum have it on permanent loan. - though perhaps this is not allowed.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from HMAG, Operations Coordinator at Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hi valinkent, thank you for your kind review and glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the museum. We're certainly lucky to have the Durbar Hall coupled with the Brassey Collection! The interactive screen in the Seaside Gallery was originally in the education/heritage centre on the pier before it changed hands. The taxidermy display is on our list. We're currently updating the labels (some of them are incorrect and they're all a bit worn out) but we'd have to obtain funding for a significant redisplay - something for the future! Again, the café is in our minds and we're looking at how that could best be marketed in order to make it sustainable. I do like the idea of the jigsaw reproduction in the shop as, like you say, another visitor had mentioned previously. We have not had retail manager in position for a while now but we have a new person starting in this role (for the Tourist Information and Museum shop) very soon. Apologies if the shop wasn't looking quite as good as it could have been! Thanks again though for visiting and we look forward to seeing you again for future exhibitions! Many thanks, Ben
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