Museums & Art Galleries in Sussex

From The Redoubt Fortress, one of the South Coast’s most historic landmarks, to Tangmere’s Military Aviation Museum, there are museums in Sussex to interest everyone. 

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum

Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, Tangmere, Chichester PO20 2ES
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is situated in a corner of the old Tangmere airfield, famed as an RAF fighter station from 1918 until Fighter Command left in 1958. The Museum aims to promote public awareness of the United Kingdom’s military aviation heritage, educating present and future generations in military aviation.
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Weald & Downland Living Museum

Town Lane, Singleton, West Sussex, PO18 0EU
Be part of something historic and discover Sussex rural history through the seasons, in the heart of the picturesque South Downs. See what rural living was like with over a 1,000 years of history to explore, and over 50 relocated historic houses covering the 40 acre site.
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The Beachy Head Story

The Beachy Head Story Beachy Head, Beachy Head Road, Eastbourne BN20 7YA
From prehistoric sea creatures and ancient monuments through to smugglers and mystical fairy loaves, this NEW exhibition, visitor centre and gift shop at the start of the South Downs National Park reveals the stories behind the people who lived, worked and were inspired by the spectacular landscape around one of…
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The Royal Pavilion

The Royal Pavilion 4-5 Pavilion Buildings, Brighton BN1 1EE
Built as King George IV’s pleasure palace when Brighton was the heart of fashionable Regency society, the Royal Pavilion was also used by King William IV and Queen Victoria. Today it has been restored to its original 1823 splendour with Indian architecture contrasted with interiors inspired by China.
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Amberley Museum

amberley museum new barn road, amberley, near arundel, west sussex
Located in the heart of the South Downs national park, our Museum is dedicated to preserving the industrial heritage of the South East. With 36 acres to explore and over 40 exhibits to visit, you can discover the South’s working past.
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Butser Ancient Farm

BUTSER ANCIENT FARM, CHALTON LANE, PO8 0BG, UK
Go time-travelling through 10,000 years of history! Discover an incredible family day out for under £30, and get 15% off with code ANCIENT. Explore a Stone Age farm, Bronze Age roundhouse, Celtic village, Roman villa, and Saxon halls. Plus get hands-on with activities, a free trail, and living history demonstrations.
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Explore history in Sussex

Weald and Downland Living Museum showcases rural life with more than 50 historic buildings dating from 950AD. These structures include a Saxon Hall house, working buildings and more. 

Another amazing Sussex museum, Butser Ancient Farm is steeped in history offering visitors the chance to view carefully reconstructed British buildings covering 10,000 years that include Iron Age, Anglo Saxon and Roman structures.

Arundel Museum is a great choice for anyone looking to learn more about the beautiful town of Arundel. Alternatively, Amberley Museum showcases the industrial heritage of the area. For a relaxing day out, St Mary’s House and Gardens offers guests the chance to explore a charming 15th century home with stunning gardens and tea rooms.

Looking for something different? Visit the Museum of Gardening to view an impressive display of rare mowers, tools and more. Or, discover the Royal Pavilion, an incredible example of Indian Architecture that was used by British Royalty including King George IV and Queen Victoria.

What’s more, Sussex is home to a thriving art scene for those art buffs amongst us. Check out Bignor Roman villa to see the incredible mosaics that include Venus and the Cupid Gladiators.