Shipwreck Museum – Hastings.

**Important Update**

Announcement to all visitors: August 2020

The Shipwreck Museum Trustees have decided to close the Museum until spring 2021. We have made this decision to spend time focusing on improving exhibitions, and undertaking vital conservation work. We have some exciting projects underway that will improve the visitor experience and modernise the museum. We’d like to thank all our visitors for the continued support and look forward to welcoming you back. We will post further information in the near future on our progress.

The Shipwreck Museum is an independent charitable Museum of the Nautical Museums Trust Charity No. 284687 – set in the historic Old Town of Hastings, UK. The Museum has artefacts from many ships wrecked in the English Channel from the Goodwin Sands in Kent to Pevensey Bay in East Sussex including the Amsterdam a Dutch East Indiaman of 1749 and the Anne of 1690 also the Charles II warship. There are also exhibits of fossils found in the local area.   We are a multi-sensory Museum with sound, touch and smell.  The museum is fully accessible for wheelchair users. Admission is free!


Another Certificate of Excellence award from TripAdvisor for us. Many thanks to all our wonderful visitors who gave us such great comments.


Stirling Castle leather hats – launch of Citizen Science initiative

Angela Middleton and Serena Cant launched a Citizen Science appeal on Monday 1 August. Angela is analysing the leather hats from the wreck of the Stirling Castle from a conservation perspective, while Serena has been researching images from c1650 to c1750 in maritime and other contexts. They have also both been researching surviving hats from shipwrecks elsewhere.

We know we have not necessarily found all images of sailors wearing hats from about that time. The hats are very unusual in material and shape for their date (the wreck took place in 1703 and is a protected site on the Goodwin Sands) so we’re keen to find out more.

We’re running the appeal until 31 August with a dedicated inbox, and on @HE_Maritime with the Twitter hashtag #LeatherHats. Our blog is on://
Stirling Castle Hat Blog now contains a link to an interactive 3D pdf for each hat.

Julian Kingston (right) Director "Build the Lenox" and Richard Endsor, author of the Lenox book with a saker gun restored by Julian.

Julian Kingston (right) Director “Build the Lenox” and Richard Endsor, author of the Lenox book with a saker gun restored by Julian.

The Shipwreck Museum explores the remarkable geological and environmental circumstances that have helped to preserve these shipwrecks. We are a unique museum linked to a Maritime Park, We have helpful, friendly staff and an excellent Gift Shop that is also well worth a visit.  All the profit from the shop pays for the Museum to run and be free at point of entry.

The Shipwreck Museum is ideally sited in the middle of the shoreline ‘Maritime Park’ and has been visited by over a million people, including numerous Schools & Groups, since it opened in 1986. The Museum is a Not for Profit Organisation. The entire Museum is on one level and is an accessible venue for the disabled.

The stories of ships are international, particularly involving Dutch, French, German, Danish and British history, so visitors from abroad are particularly welcome.

For more photos of the Shipwreck Museum and our Historical Artefacts please see our Facebook page.

Visitors take a Selfie in the Shipwreck Museum Shop

Visitors take a selfie in the Shipwreck Museum Shop

Parking for Visitors & How to find us.

The Shipwreck Museum is located at the end of Rock a Nore Road in Hastings Old Town. The Museum is situated on the seafront next to a pay and display car park.

All day parking is possible in our Off-Street car parks, and it is much cheaper pro-rata than short term parking. For On-Street parking there is a maximum period.

Rock-a-Nore Car Park is a rough surface car park, located on the beach at the eastern end of Hastings sea front, in the Old Town.

This large car park services the majority of visitor parking for the Old Town and is adjacent to most of the facilities in this historic part of Hastings. Full details can be found on Hastings Borough Council website.

Disabled Parking

Disabled parking
can be found in the area of the Yacht Club. The car park charging method is Pay and Display and there are 6 machines located in the car park. (Remember to bring coins with you for the machines). You can also use your Debit Card to pay for parking. Total number of parking spaces: 450 Disabled parking spaces: 15 Charging period: 24 hours/7 days a week No access to car park between 22.00 hrs and 07.00 hrs (barrier restriction) Height restriction: 2.2 meters (7′ 2″). For a map of alternative Off-Street Car parks in Hastings please click here.

Travelling by Bus

Stagecoach bus company runs regular services from nearby towns and villages. From Hastings railway station you can take the 20 or 20A bus to the Stade.

Travelling by Rail

There are regular train services that run from London Victoria and London Charing Cross to Hastings. Direct trains to Hastings run twice an hour from Brighton and Ashford International. Hastings Station is situated 0.8miles from the Shipwreck Museum. It is a 15-20 minute walk from Hastings railway station, a 10 minute bus ride or there are taxis at the station. Hastings has good rail links throughout East and West Sussex and London. For more information on train times and prices visit:  National Rail

Cycling or Walking

Basically aim for the seafront and turn left!   Cycle or walk along the seafront to Rock-a-Nore Road where the big black “Net Huts” are.  Keep on the right hand side of the road  and the Shipwreck Museum is at the end of the road facing the Blue Reef Aquarium. We look forward to your visit.

For more photos of the Shipwreck Museum and our Historical Artefacts please see our Facebook page.

9 comments to “Shipwreck Museum – Hastings.”
  1. Hello
    I have since year 2000 researched the German submarine captain Max Valentiner.
    I have read that the German submarine fleet after ww1 was assembled on the coast at Hastings.
    Max Valentiner was captain of the U-boat U38 and U157.
    Is there in or arround Hastings some places where the data about this is stored?

    • Good evening,
      Captain Valentiner’s U38 sank several Scottish fishing boats off Shetland one evening in July 1915, do you have any info on this? Several were registered in my home town of Peterhead and I would like to know more about the incident
      George strachan

      • Hello George

        I am afraid that our Museum does not have any information that covers this event please try the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth.
        You can contact them via their website. Good luck Kind Regards Jacqui

    • Hi Erik Sorry the Museum does not have any information on this but if you contact the Royal Naval Museum at Portsmouth they may be able to help. Kind Regards Jacqui

  2. Hello Jaquie,
    Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the Portsmouth museum, I will do that.
    Eric contacted me giving his telephone no but I am having difficulty getting through

  3. Hi who were the French divers who found a wreck around Hastings some time in the late 70ths or early 80 ths ,they made a documentry about this find part of iy was recorded in the lord nelson pib with ronnie singing.

  4. Hi who were the French divers who found a wreck around Hastings some time in the late 70ths or early 80 ths ,they made a documentry about this find part of it was recorded in the Lord Nelson pub with Ronnie Dick singing.

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