List of museums in East Sussex

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This list of museums in East Sussex, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.


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Name Image Town/City Region Type Summary
1066 Battle Of Hastings, Abbey & Battlefield Battle England.jpg Battle Rother History Operated by the English Heritage, includes the abbey ruins, visitor centre, battlefield site
Alfriston Clergy House The Clergy House, Alfriston. - - 175351.jpg Alfriston Wealden Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 14th century Wealden hall house with a thatched roof
Anne of Cleves House Anne of Cleves House, Southover High Street, Lewes, East Sussex - - 969539.jpg Lewes Lewes Historic house 15th century hall house with local history displays, furniture and decorative items from different periods
Bateman's Batemans 1.jpg Burwash Rother Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 17th-century house owned by author Rudyard Kipling, includes working watermill
Battle Museum of Local History Battle Rother Local website, local history, prehistoric, Roman, medieval, 17th/18th centuries, and local industries such as iron, leather and gunpowder
Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum Bentleymm-02.jpg Halland Wealden Multiple Palladian mansion with furnishings, automobile museum, gardens, wildfowl reserve, miniature steam train, woodlands
Bexhill Museum Bexhill Museum Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex - - 133643.jpg Bexhill-on-Sea Rother Multiple Local history, natural history, fashion, dinosaurs, stone-age life, Ancient Egyptians, military, world cultures, British motor racing
Bluebell Railway Sheffield Park engine shed Bluebell Railway - - 978187.jpg Fletching Lewes Transport Heritage railway with museum displays at the Sheffield Park railway station
Bodiam Castle Bodiam-castle-10My8-1197.jpg Robertsbridge Rother Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 14th century moated castle in ruins, periodic living history demonstrations
Booth Museum of Natural History Brighton Brighton and Hove Natural history Victorian-style dioramas of British birds in their habitat settings, butterflies, British fossils, animal bones
Brede Waterworks Brede Waterworks, boiler house interior.JPG Brede Rother Technology Former waterworks with working steam engines
Brighton Fishing Museum Brighton Fishing Museum.jpg Brighton Brighton and Hove Maritime Local fishing industry, boats
Brighton Museum & Art Gallery Brighton Museum and Art Gallery (IoE Code 480508).jpg Brighton Brighton and Hove Multiple Art, decorative arts, natural history, puppets, fashion, world culture artifacts, Egyptian artifacts, local history
Brighton Toy and Model Museum Entrance to Brighton Toy and Model Museum.jpg Brighton Brighton and Hove Toy Formerly the Sussex Toy And Model Museum, toys, dolls, model trains, puppets, penny arcade games
British Engineerium The British Engineerium - - 116655.jpg Hove Brighton and Hove Technology Victorian pumping station with beam engines, planned museum
Charleston Farmhouse Charleston Farmhouse, Sussex.jpg Firle Lewes Historic house Country home of the Bloomsbury group, interior decorations by Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, exhibit gallery for fine and decorative art
De La Warr Pavilion De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill.jpg Bexhill-on-Sea Rother Art Contemporary arts centre
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft Ditchling Lewes Art website, local art, crafts and applied art
Eastbourne Heritage Centre Eastbourne Eastbourne Local website, operated by the Eastbourne Society
Eastbourne RNLI Museum Eastbourne RNLI Museum 01.jpg Eastbourne Eastbourne Maritime website, history of area lifeboat rescuing, operated by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution
Fabrica Brighton Brighton and Hove Art website, located in a former church, contemporary visual arts exhibitions
Farley Farm House Chiddingly Wealden Art Home of photographer Lee Miller and biographer of Picasso, Roland Penrose, exhibits of Surrealist and Modern art
Firle Place Firle Place.jpg Firle Lewes Historic house 18th-century country estate with fine art and furnishings, gardens
Flower Makers' Museum Hastings Hastings Textile information, original company tools of the trade, machines and fabrics for making artificial flowers
Glynde Place Glynde Place2.jpg Glynde Lewes Historic house Elizabethan manor house, gardens
Grange Museum & Art Gallery The Grange, The Green, Rottingdean - - 227671.jpg Rottingdean Brighton and Hove Multiple website, local history, art
Great Dixter Great Dixter (Northiam, Kent) - - 170708.jpg Northiam Rother Historic house Medieval timber-framed manor house, Arts and Crafts style gardens
Hastings Fishermen's Museum Former St Nicholas' Church (Fishermen's Church), Old Town, Hastings (IoE Code 294063).JPG Hastings Hastings Maritime Local fishing industry, boats, The Stade
Hastings History House Hastings Hastings Local website, local history, operated by the Old Hastings Preservation Society
Hastings Lifeboat Station Hastings Hastings Maritime website, visitor centre with film, viewing of the lifeboats
Hastings Museum and Art Gallery Hastings Hastings Multiple Art, local history, art and artifacts of the Indian subcontinent, decorative arts, natural history, Native American artifacts
Heritage Mill, North Chailey Heritage Mill, side view.JPG Chailey Lewes Mill Early 19th century windmill
Herstmonceux Museum Herstmonceux Wealden HIstory old electricity generating station, operated by the Lime Park Heritage Trust[1]
Hove Museum and Art Gallery Hove Brighton and Hove Multiple Art, contemporary crafts, local history, toys, early cinema artifacts
How We Lived Then Eastbourne Eastbourne History website, authentic Victorian period shops, room settings, displays covering 100 years of shopping and social history
Jerwood Gallery Hastings Hastings Art Contemporary art gallery, collection of 20th and 21st century British art
Kent and East Sussex Railway Northiam Railway Station.jpg Northiam Rother Railway Heritage railway, accessed at the Northiam railway station
Lamb House Lamb House, Rye - - 195617.jpg Rye Rother Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century house with literary connections including Henry James, E.F. Benson and Rumer Godden
Lavender Line Kitson-Austin1.JPG Isfield Wealden Railway Heritage railway and exhibits including model railway at the Isfield railway station
Lewes Castle Lewes Castle shell keep 2.JPG Lewes Lewes History 11th century motte and bailey castle, includes Barbican House Museum with archaeology and medieval life displays, and the Town Model of Lewes
Mechanical Memories Museum Brighton Brighton and Hove Amusement website, working vintage penny slot machines
Michelham Priory Michelham Priory 03.jpg Upper Dicker Wealden Open air Medieval priory house with furnishings from different periods, historic watermill, rope making museum, replica Iron Age roundhouse and other buildings, art exhibits, gardens
Monk's House Virginia Woolf (2).jpg Rodmell Lewes Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th century cottage home of author Virginia Woolf and husband Leonard Woolf, connections to the Bloomsbury group
Newhaven Fort Newhaven Fort North side buildings.jpg Newhaven Lewes Military Napoleonic-era fort and Martello tower with area military artefacts and memorabilia, exhibits on local military, World War I and World War II
Newhaven Museum Newhaven Lewes Multiple website, local history, maritime artifacts, operated by the Newhaven Historical Society
Nutley Windmill Nutley Windmill 2.JPG Nutley Wealden Mill Early 19th century windmill
Observatory Science Center Herstmonceux Wealden Science website, located at Herstmonceux Castle estate
Old Police Cells Museum Brighton Brighton and Hove Law enforcement History of the Sussex Police, housed in the basement of Brighton Town Hall
Ovenden's Mill Polegate mill.jpg Polegate Wealden Mill Early 19th century windmill
Paradise Park, Newhaven Newhaven Lewes Natural history website, includes Planet Earth Museum with dinosaurs, fossils, geology, gardens, planthouses
Pevensey Court House Museum The Clergy House, Alfriston. - - 175351.jpg Pevensey Wealden Local website, located in the former courthouse, includes prison cells, exercise yard and stocks, displays of local history
Preston Manor, Brighton Preston Manor, Front View - - 9421.jpg Brighton Brighton and Hove Historic house Early 20th century period Edwardian manor
Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum Centurion Tank outside the Redoubt Fortress.jpg Eastbourne Eastbourne Military Napoleonic-era fort with area military artefacts and memorabilia, includes collections of The Royal Sussex Regiment, Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, vehicles, weapons, uniforms, medals
Regency Town House Hove Brighton and Hove Local website, 1820s townhouse with focus on the architecture and social history of Brighton & Hove between the 1780s and 1840s
Royal Pavilion Brighton Royal Pavilion.jpg Brighton Brighton and Hove Historic house Early 19th century former royal seaside retreat, built in Indo-Saracenic style with lavish decorations and chinoiserie furnishings
Rye Art Gallery Rye Rother Art website, information
Rye Castle Museum Ypres Tower.jpg Rye Rother Multiple Includes the Ypres Tower of the medieval castle, and the East Street Site with local history exhibits
Rye Heritage Centre Rye Rother Local website, local history using sound and light show, working collection of old pier amusement machines
Seaford Museum Martello Tower, Seaford, East Sussex (October 2001).jpg Seaford Lewes Local Located in a Martello tower, local history, military, period stores and rooms, household items, model railway, maritime heritage
Shipwreck Museum Hastings Hastings Maritime website, artifacts from local shipwrecks, rocks and fossils, changes in the coast, coastal defense
Stanmer Rural Museum Stanmer Brighton and Hove Agriculture website, rural life artifacts, farm tools and equipment, wagons, reconstructed blacksmith's forge, household items, operated by the Stanmer Preservation Society
Stone Cross Windmill Stone Cross mill.jpg Stone Cross Wealden Mill Late 19th century windmill
Towner Eastbourne Eastbourne Art Contemporary art museum and gallery
Volk's Electric Railway Brighton Brighton and Hove Railway Heritage railway that runs along a length of the seafront of Brighton
West Blatchington Windmill West Blatchington Mill.jpg West Blatchington Brighton and Hove Mill Early 19th century windmill
Winchelsea Court Hall Museum Winchelsea Rother Local website, local history, maps, models, pictures, seals, local pottery and items of daily life
Windmill Hill Mill Windmill Hill Mill.jpg Herstmonceux Wealden Mill Early 19th century windmill

Defunct museums[edit]


  1. ^ "Home". Herstmonceux Museum. Retrieved 6 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Official site". Musgrave Museum. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 12 March 2015. THE MUSGRAVE COLLECTION HAS CLOSED FOR LACK OF FUNDING. THE COLLECTION HAS BEEN CATALOGUED AND ARCHIVED - WE HOPE TO MOUNT EXHIBITIONS IN THE FUTURE.
  3. ^ "Official site". Yesterday's World. Retrieved 11 January 2016. It is with sadness that we announce the closure of Yesterday's World on 1st November 2015.

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