Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
Hastings Museum & Art Gallery is a family-friendly museum with amazingly diverse collections. Established over 125 years ago, the Museum offers local people and visitors the opportunity to explore art, culture and history from around the world. Before Hastings tells the story of this area from prehistory to the Saxons and The Story of Hastings in 66 Objects continues the story from 1066 to today. Wildlife is displayed in dioramas of different local habitats and you can discover our prehistoric 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 Grey Owl. The most spectacular part of the Museum is the Durbar Hall, which contains our World Art displays, as well as being used for a range of events, including weddings. Exhibitions are housed in the Long Gallery. Go to HMAG.org.uk for our current programme.
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  • Mangojones
    10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    October visit to Hastings seafront
    Visited in mid October with family and friends. Parking expensive £7 for 6 hours at seafront car park but seems to be average price. Played the crazy golf which is next to the seafront car park and toilets. There is a choice of two games - we chose the Adventure Golf game. Not too difficult. My seven year old didn't like the talking statues that sprayed water at us. Walked to the pier but it was shut. Went for a walk round the Fisherman's village where you can buy freshly caught fish at certain times of the day. There is a Shipwreck museum here which I think is free but we didn't have time to visit it. The funiculars up the cliffs appeared to be closed. There is a large amusement arcade opposite the car park. Quite an interesting day and worth a visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Bargeegirl
    West Sussex, United Kingdom665 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit when in Hastings.
    Plenty to see in this lovely museum. Lots of Hastings history plus visiting exhibitions. Love the Durbar hall and it's eclectic exhibits. Also the seaside exhibition takes you into the past. Drinks are rather pricey considering from a machine. Lots for kids to do. Free parking.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Janet
    Redhill, United Kingdom63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth a visit
    Visited with grandkids 11 and 9. Both had been before but still enjoyed it. Staff were very friendly and helpful and a good and varied selection of Hastings-related exhibits. limited free parking and place for a picnic outside if weather allows.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
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Bianca W
London, UK1,542 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Nice little museum with lots of hands-on exhibits, local history and art.
I really enjoyed wandering around and learning all about Hastings and surrounding areas, with so many interesting artifacts.
There's also a small art gallery and some natural history. Really well curated, though I did get a bit lost upstairs as the rooms weren't well marked.
Written 19 November 2021
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Thanks for visiting and the review Shinylifeforme.
Written 26 November 2021
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Mangojones
10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Visited in mid October with family and friends. Parking expensive £7 for 6 hours at seafront car park but seems to be average price. Played the crazy golf which is next to the seafront car park and toilets. There is a choice of two games - we chose the Adventure Golf game. Not too difficult. My seven year old didn't like the talking statues that sprayed water at us. Walked to the pier but it was shut. Went for a walk round the Fisherman's village where you can buy freshly caught fish at certain times of the day. There is a Shipwreck museum here which I think is free but we didn't have time to visit it. The funiculars up the cliffs appeared to be closed. There is a large amusement arcade opposite the car park. Quite an interesting day and worth a visit.
Written 3 November 2023
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Janet
Redhill, UK63 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visited with grandkids 11 and 9. Both had been before but still enjoyed it. Staff were very friendly and helpful and a good and varied selection of Hastings-related exhibits. limited free parking and place for a picnic outside if weather allows.
Written 2 April 2024
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darrylt187
St Leonards-on-Sea, UK167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
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.
Written 20 December 2020
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Thank you for visiting darrylt187, we look forward to welcoming you back again when we can!
Written 21 December 2020
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FFAFF - Fine food and flowers fan
Surrey, UK103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
What a wonderful museum for kids. My son was thoroughly entertained for hours with the lovely interactive experiences in each room. Love how the kids toys matched the exhibits in each room. A lot of thought has gone into the displays. We also loved the Lego exhibition. A must see attraction when visiting Hastings with kids.
Written 2 June 2023
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Penny C
Sidcup, UK288 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
This is a great local museum and art gallery. Very well laid out, with a nice history section, not too much crowded in and suitable for all ages. The Durban Hall was fascinating having been a central feature of an exhibition back in 1886 to show visitors what a typical Indian Palace is like. I loved the photography exhibition too. The staff were very warm and friendly. And it’s free. Thank you local authority for providing this museum.
Written 20 February 2022
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We're glad you enjoyed your visit 60pennyc and for the great review!
Written 26 April 2022
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Bargeegirl
West Sussex, UK665 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Plenty to see in this lovely museum. Lots of Hastings history plus visiting exhibitions. Love the Durbar hall and it's eclectic exhibits. Also the seaside exhibition takes you into the past. Drinks are rather pricey considering from a machine. Lots for kids to do. Free parking.
Written 20 November 2023
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mukkker
Hastings, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Well, after a 4 hour flight (and having my medication confiscated at customs), shuttle bus, train, another train, and a cab to get there, we were understandably ready for some full on museum partying. But alas we were disappointed. Just some boring history and no bar. Went out for a smoke, and a cheeky livener before returning, we were determined to find the party. After more than a few hours we were starting to think we had made a mistake coming here. We tried scaring a few tourists by hiding behind curtains and waiting till they were near before bursting out and screaming at them, but surprisingly the staff weren't terribly amused, tho we found it hilarious. So we sent our mate Barry out to look for an off license, but he got lost somewhere in the woods. It was then that we met Eric, who worked there. He said they were closing so we had to leave, but we thought there was time for a quick game of hide and seek, so we hid... after a while he managed to find us but our mate Dazio is a genius when it comes to hiding and stuff, but even he was no match for Eric who was bang on it, looking here and there, in places we wouldn't have even thought of. It all started to get a bit messy by this point, and we were prepared to forget about Dazio but Eric wasn't quitting, and lo and behold, he found him in the staff room, tied up in a black bag. He wasn't breathing but Eric revived him somehow, it was like a miracle! one second he was blue and unconscious and the next he was as right as rain, spooky. Anyway, he declined a further game, despite it being his turn to hide. Afterwards we tried following him home but somehow he managed to outrun us, and we eventually lost him near ESK. He just vanished into thin air! On reflection, we have convinced ourselves that he was a holy man, not sure what religion, although he did vaguely resemble jesus, but thankfully he didn't have a beard.
Written 17 March 2018
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Wow, quite a story! A shame that nobody here, including Eric, recognises any of it...
Written 23 March 2018
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valinkent
Kent46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
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.
Written 29 December 2019
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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
Written 6 January 2020
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Anna k
Nottingham, UK32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Solo
Had a really lovely time today wandering around this museum. Being a fan and feeder of badgers I particularly loved the badger stained glass window. My favorite section was the natural or wildlife room which displayed some lovely creatures which amazed and delighted. I never realized how small an adder was and how it looked close up. The grand Durbar hall is magnificent and very evocative of bygone times, it also bore a resemblance to an Arabic palace.......
Written 29 April 2015
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