Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

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Hastings Museum

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery is a museum and art gallery located in, Hastings, East Sussex, England. Established in 1892, it originally resided in the Brassey Institute, but moved to its current location in 1927[1] it displays art, culture, and history from around the world. As of 2019 it had around 97,000 objects of local history, natural sciences, fine and decorative arts, and world cultures.[2]

The early local history gallery recounts the history of the area from prehistory to the Saxons. Local wildlife is displayed in dioramas of different local habitats, and there is a dinosaur gallery. Other galleries include local wildlife and a Native North American collection, featuring the Plains and Sub-Arctic areas and the life of Hastings-born conservationist Archibald Belaney, who adopted the name "Grey Owl".

The museum's Durbar Hall was constructed for the Colonial & Indian Exhibition in 1886. It was donated in 1919 as part of the Brassey Collection.[2]

The National Archives Burton Collection relating to late Georgian London developer James Burton and his architect son, Decimus, are held by the Museum.[3]


In addition to the 'static' displays, the museum holds regular exhibitions and talks relating to both aspects of local history and features of local interest.


  1. ^ ""Hastings Museum"". wiki.historymap.info. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Collections Management Framework". hmag.org.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  3. ^ Burton collection – via National Archive of the UK.

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Coordinates: 50°51′22″N 0°34′16″E / 50.8562°N 0.5710°E / 50.8562; 0.5710