St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

New Street, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 9BH
1 Emsworth Road Lymington England SO41 9BL GB

01590 676969

Highlighting the history of Lymington and the story of the New Forest coast, the Museum features colourful, hands-on displays, fascinating exhibits and a timeline display, which will appeal to all ages.

The museum, which opened in 1998, charts the town’s development from the present day back through history, taking a look at the smugglers, salt makers and boat builders who have used the Solent shore through the ages.

The main displays range from Sea to Land, which shows how the world-famous fossils of Barton cliffs revealed that the area was once covered by a sub-tropical sea, to Bathing Beauties, which illustrates changing bathing habits at the beach over the centuries.

The art gallery hosts an exclusive programme of exhibitions that regularly include works on loan from national and regional collections, single artist exhibitions as well as work by contemporary artists, photographers and craftsmen, gaining it a reputation for one of the most exciting exhibition programmes in the south.

The museum’s collections reflect many aspects of life in the area from prehistory to the present day including home life, industry, shops, trades, farming, leisure, sport, war, holidays and the local environment. There are also specific collections available for handling in educational workshops with schools, pre-schools, families, the elderly and special interest groups, including the chance to dress up in Victorian costume and learn about everyday life in the late 1800s, such as Victorian wash day using artefacts from the museum.

Attracting all generations, St Barbe runs Explorer Family Days every Thursday during the school holidays, with drop-in, hands-on creative activities inspired by the museum’s collections, exhibitions and stories from the local area.

Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am until 4pm

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