Best Museums and Art Galleries In East Sussex

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in East Sussex in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 120 East Sussex museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

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Michelham Priory and Gardens

  • Hailsham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Michelham Priory is a historic house, gardens and working watermill dating back to Medieval times. Explore the house with its hands-on activities and...

1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey

  • Battle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Battle Abbey offers a memorable family day out in Sussex and an exciting way to discover more about the most famous date in English history, as it is...

Lewes Castle

  • Lewes
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Lewes Castle is great little Norman castle that is over a thousand years old, with a series of spiral staircases leading to the highest tower, which...

Bexhill Museum

  • Bexhill
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bexhill Museum Newly refurbished and extended, the displays and exhibitions have something for everyone to enjoy. Main galleries include Costume and...

Seaford Museum

  • Seaford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Seaford Museum should appeal to all age groups with displays that include a fascinating collection of material from pre historic times to the present...

Hastings Museum and Art Gallery

  • Hastings
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Hastings Museum and Art Gallery contains a rich and exotic mixture of fine paintings and china, the cultures of other lands, well-known personali...

The True CRIME Museum

  • Hastings
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Fascinated by true crime? Sometimes reality is harder to believe than fiction! If you’re not put off by the gory details, The True CRIME Museum offer...

Shipwreck Museum

  • Hastings
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Shipwreck Museum is a small and independent museum based in the historic town of Hastings, with artefacts from many ships that were wrecked in the En...

Fishermans Museum

  • Hastings
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Hastings Fishermen's Museum is one of the town's most popular tourist attractions teaching you and yours all about the rich history and tradition...

Penshurst Place and Gardens

  • Tonbridge
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Penshurst Place and Gardens have something to offer all the family with the lively recreation of interesting historic events, staff led craft activit...

Toy and Model Museum

  • Brighton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

It's like every kid's dream come true: thousands of toys in a secret underground vintage train station, hidden underneath a new one! The Toy and Mode...

Brighton Museum And Art Gallery

  • Brighton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Brighton Museum And Art Gallery houses an important and eclectic collection, with plenty of opportunities to get involved with their dynamic and inno...

Booth Museum of Natural History

  • Brighton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ever since Edward Booth opened the Booth Museum in 1874 with his lifetime collection of stuffed British birds, the museum has remained a fascinating,...

Hove Museum and Art Gallery

  • Hove
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Hove Museum is one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east with an unusual Indian gateway in its grounds. It houses one...

Wings Museum

  • Balcombe
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Wings Museum is a really good place for the kids to find out what it was like during the second World War and involves plenty of sensory elements as...

Rye Castle Museum

  • Rye
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Rye Castle Museum is a great little place to take the kids to learn some history, especially as the tower used to be a prison! Add in all the hands o...

Chartwell Home of Churchill4.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Westerham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Chartwell was the Churchill family home and is a fascinating resource for personal information on him. Ideal for school age kids and interested sorts...

Ightham Mote

  • Sevenoaks
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Feel like lords and ladies at the majestic 14th century Ightham Mote, Kent. Explore a piece of local history and take a step back 600 years into the...

Lashenden Air Warfare Museum

  • Ashford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

You can catch live flybys atLashenden Air Warfare Museum by vintage aircraft including P51 Mustangs Spitfires! Be ready for the sound of the klaxon t...

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery

  • Horsham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Horsham Museum and Art Gallery offers lots of fun things for kids to do and is housed in a medieval timber framed building. They have over 26 galleri...

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