Hastings Museum & Art Gallery has a stunning selection of rich and varied collections, including artefacts from the prehistoric period to present day, and from all around the world. It was established in 1882 and originally resided in the Brassey Institute, which is now known as the town’s library. It is now located at Johns place and has been since 1928.

Collections within the museum and gallery include fine and decorative arts, local and natural history and world art. The fascinating information you can discover not only about the local area, but also from different continents around the world makes the museum worth a visit. Discover the local history in the ‘Before Hastings’ and ‘Story of Hastings in 66 Objects’ galleries that recount from prehistory to the Saxons and from 1066 to today.

You can also find out about the local wildlife that lives on the locals doorsteps within the town and countryside. Learning all of the prehistoric creatures and dinosaurs that lived in the local area can be found in the dinosaurs and fossils gallery. As well as discovering the wildlife that you can come face to face with today. Included in the gallery are features for children to transform fossils and a dress up corner.

The stunning Derbar Hall was built in 1886 for the Indian and Colonial exhibition, displaying a fascinating collection of heritage and culture from India, the Far East and Australasia. It is a spectacular setting for events and weddings, the interior is just magnificent.

Visit Hastings Museum & Art Gallery for an interesting and educational experience of exploring art, history and heritage from all around the world. You can access the current exciting events and exhibitions on the website to find out what’s on. The museum and gallery is an ideal day out for the family, entry for both children and adults is also free.