East Grinstead Museum is situated in a purpose built building in the centre of the town, only a few minutes from the historic High Street, the Museum tells the story of East Grinstead and the surrounding area from its early beginnings to the present day.
WHERE ARE WE
Old Market Yard
West Sussex RH19 3BJ
t: 01342 302233
Wednesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday and Bank holidays 1pm to 4pm
Wheelchair accessible display areas and toilet.
Designated parking space for disabled motorists.
Built with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and money raised by the local community, East Grinstead Museum invites you to discover the old market town and surrounding area.
The town’s first museum opened in March 1926 in the St Swithun’s Church tower under the care of the then vicar, the Reverend Golding Golding-Bird. His collection began with a set of grappling irons, stored at the Church for accessibility. The interest they sparked gave him the idea of a town museum. Its collection was small but included photographs, paintings, tokens and First World War objects, amongst others.
What our Visitors say
East Grinstead Museum traces the history of the town and surrounding area through displays and technology. There are facilities for research and a children’s activity corner, as well as regular exhibitions, events and activities. Open Wed to Sat 10am to 4pm and Sundays 1 to 4pm. Free admission.Roy Henderson
This museum is really interesting. It has lots of information of local history (of course), but it also displays historical medical equipment that was used in previous years. Very welcoming staff and is actually a lovely place to go.Georg Phillip Telemann
Amazing history within the town. Definitely worth a visit, whether you are local or not.James Akehurst
My kids want to visit every museum now Tour guide Fran was funny, engaging, and full of fun quirky facts about the local area..Hannah Hunter
Cannot say enough about the East Grinstead Museum experience: fun, informative, never dull, fast paced and just give an amazing perspective on the town.Ruth Lawson
Loved the tour! This was one of the main reasons I chose to visit East Grinstead Museum.Teresa Barrett
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A volunteer bought these lovely ‘East Grinstead and its Parish Church’ booklets to my attention. The oldest of these seen on the left, is dated 1934