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Southeast England - Museums

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Places where members of certain organisations get free or reduced price admission:

Star-ratings in prominent guide books:

Museums

Chatham Historic Dockyard, Kent (AF) (Multimap)
A visit to this dockyard, which saw its heyday in the 18th century makes an excellent day out for anyone interested in the sea or shipbuilding. Highlights include the quarter-mile long “ropewalk” and three ships to tour, including a submarine.

Finchcocks, Kent (Multimap)
Historic keyboard instruments displayed in a Georgian manor house

Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery, Kent (F*) (Multimap)
A varied collection in an old town house.

Watts Gallery, nr Guildford, Surrey (cut-price admission through AF) (F*) (Multimap)
A very personal museum, created by and devoted to the Victorian artist G. F. Watts, painter of portraits and visionary scenes. Don’t miss the unique mortuary chapel built by his wife in the nearby cemetery, or the village church.

Royal Holloway Picture Gallery, Esher, Surrey (J**) (Multimap)
A remarkable collection of Victorian art in a remarkable college building.

Amberley Working Museum, West Sussex (Multimap)
Open air museum of local industrial history.

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, East Sussex (free) (AF members get free admission to paying exhibitions) (F***) (Multimap)
An excellent collection of furniture, crafts and fashion from the last two centuries; also a fine picture collection and good exhibits on local history.

Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton, East Sussex (free) (F**) (Multimap)
A remarkable natural history museum.

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex (cut-price admission through AF) (F****) (Multimap)
One of the best collections of 20th century British art in a fine 18th century house with modern extension; all just a stone’s throw from the cathedral and the centre of this lovable town.

In the café at the Pallant House Gallery

In the café at the Pallant House Gallery

Ditchling Museum, East Sussex (AF) (Multimap)
A fascinating small-scale museum devoted to the community of graphic artists and craftsmen who lived in Ditchling in the 20th century.

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, East Sussex (free) (F***) (Multimap)
A major art collection, recently moved into brand new gallery. It is noted especially for its holdings of 20th century English art, however, only a small proportion of the collection is on display at any one time because the gallery’s major emphasis seems to be on displaying contemporary art installations.

The Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood, West Sussex (F*) (Multimap)
A high-class sculpture park.

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, nr Hastings, East Sussex (free) (Multimap)
A pioneering 1930s modernist building, recently refurbished and being used for exhibitions of contemporary art.

Anne of Cleves House, Lewes, East Sussex (J**) (discount for EH members) (Multimap)
Ancient house in a delightful corner of this delightful town.

Weald & Downland Museum, West Sussex (J**, F**) (discount for EH members) (Multimap)
A pioneering “open air” museum presenting buildings of all ages assembled from throughout the region.

Millennium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex (NT) (Multimap)
Part of Kew Gardens’ project to conserve as many seed species as possible.

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