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“Perhaps a little old-fashioned, but worth a visit nonetheless” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Chapel Road, Worthing BN11 1HP , England
+44 1903 221448
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Ranked #5 of 13 attractions in Worthing
Type: Art Museums
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Owner description: If you have a passion for the very best in Regency and Victorian fashion, want to be inspired by artists such as Stanley Spencer, William Holman-Hunt and Philip Jackson, or are looking to discover why Worthing residents take such quiet pride in 55,000 years of their achievements, then Worthing Museum and Art Gallery is the place to visit. A variety of events throughout the year link to many of the exhibitions. The Museum Team also offer curator-led talks, object handling workshops, and educational visits (including dressing up days). The elegant Edwardian building also houses a shop, has disabled access and toilets and free entry. Opening hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 5pm
Storrington, United Kingdom
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“Perhaps a little old-fashioned, but worth a visit nonetheless”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

Small museums in small provincial towns can be so hit-and-miss and you never quite know what you'll find: some, like The Novium in Chichester, are utterly appalling, others can be real gems.

And Worthing's museum?

Well it's not a gem, but it is a nice little museum all the same and well worth a visit if you're in the town.

The museum is a little hampered by being located in a relatively old building which comes with some space and lay-out constraints, and it is a little dark in there (much needed to protect some of the old costumes) and the exhibits do have a rather dated feel to them but overall it does a decent enough job, especially when you consider that it's free to go (although you can make donations if you wish).

There are some very good artefacts on show from the local area, from pre-Roman times through to the 20th century, including a great Roman gold coin hoard. There is also a large area given over to costumes through the the 20th century plus a handful going back to the 17th century, which was rather interesting. Throughout there were good descriptions for the artefacts.

Where I found the museum a little lacking was in showing the development of the town of Worthing. There is a very good model of the town from 1815 (and it is very good - one of the better ones I've seen) and there were a few other bits on display but overall there was too little on how Worthing went from a small fishing village in c1750 to a reasonably-sized seaside resort of the 19th and the 20th centuries.

All of the museum was located on the ground floor, and there is a small gallery on the first floor but there was barely a dozen paintings on show. There was another larger room with some objects in it but it wasn't particularly clear what that exhibit was with little in the way of explanation - this area seemed to be a little wasted and no one seems to know what to do with it.

Yes, this museum may be a little old-fashioned but at least it shows its good artefacts in a coherent manner that allows you to learn something.

Visited June 2013
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“Well worth a visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

Wide range of exhibits. Free to get in, but donations welcomed. Whatever you are interested in, you are sure to find it here. Allow a couple of hours to look round - it is a lot bigger than it appears to be from the outside. If you want to know anything about this town, come to Worthing Museum and Art Gallery.

Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“lovingly curated”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

nice exhibits about fashion over the years, dolls house furniture and roman finds. very informative with interesting artefacts. have kid's play area

Visited May 2013
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“Small but well presented”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

A much overlooked museum, well curated and good for local history, including early history. Visit nearby Tarring village (now part of Worthing) and High Down hill with the Miller's tomb and Bronze Age connections. Museum is located next to Town Hall.

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Worthing, United Kingdom
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“A little gem hidden in worthing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

I love Worthing museum, people often moan that there isn't alot going on in Worthing but I regularly visit the museum. They have a variety of different exhibitions, some really well known ones, and they also display local work. I would deffinately recommend it.

Visited October 2012
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