Entry to the Museum is free.
It costs around £50,000 per year to keep the museum running...
...and that cost is allowing for the fact that the museum is largely staffed by volunteers. East Grinstead Museum is a registered charity and as such, is reliant upon the generosity of grants and donations.
If you are able to, please do consider giving a donation to help keep our local history available for future generations.DONATE TO OUR MUSEUM
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TRAVELLING TO THE MUSEUM
East Grinstead Museum is just behind the town’s historic High Street on Old Market Yard, Cantelupe Road.
If you are traveling by bus, the nearest bus stops are in the High Street only a three minute walk from the Museum. Alight on the High Street and walk the short distance to Cantelupe Road – the Museum is on the right when coming from this direction.
If you are traveling by car there is limited on street parking available in Cantelupe Road. The nearest car park is opposite Chequer Mead Arts Centre. There is a charge for parking.
If you are traveling by train, East Grinstead train station is a ten-fifteen minute walk. If you are walking from the railway station:
- Come out of the Railway Station and cross at ‘Brooklands Road’ traffic lights. Turn left and walk on to Railway Approach (you will see Mid-Sussex Timber on your left).
- At the mini roundabout turn right into London Road.
- Continue up London Road and cross at the traffic lights to turn left onto King Street.
- Cross the road and, (still on King Street) almost immediately after turn right to go up Institute Walk.
- At the top of Institute Walk, turn right onto Cantelupe Road.
- Continue down Cantelupe Road and you will find the Museum on the left, set back from the road, opposite the Sportsman pub.
HOW TO FIND US
East Grinstead Museum
Old Market Yard
West Sussex RH19 3BJ
t: 01342 302233
Wednesday to Sundays: 10am to 4pm
Bank Holidays: 10am to 4pm
All of the Museum's public areas are based on the ground floor, with step free access, and are fully accessible by wheelchair users.
The Museum is an accredited museum and has been recognised by the East Grinstead Access Group as an accessible venue. Stewards are on hand should you require assistance.We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 01342 302233 or email email@example.com
Car parking and arrival
There is one, clearly marked, parking space for Blue Badge holders in front of the Museum, a few steps from the entrance. Visitors can be dropped off at the main entrance. The roadway in front of the Museum is level tarmac. There are no steps up to the entrance. Roads in the vicinity of the Museum are paved.
Entrance, reception and gallery
The main entrance door is automatic and accessible by wheelchair users. The entrance and gallery are situated on the ground floor with step free level access throughout. The floor surface is non-slip vinyl, apart from the Research Room which is carpeted. The whole area is evenly and well-lit with overhead spot lighting. The reception desk is open plan with a lowered section. There are cushioned seats placed around the gallery.
Displays & Exhibits
There are interactive touch screens; that can be accessed form a sitting or standing position. The main text panels are in clear large text and can be read from a standing or sitting position. There is special text with an iguanodon icon on each panel for under 8's. Large print versions of the text and object labels are available. Stewards are on hand to assist with using the Computer and looking at books in the Research Room.
There is a unisex accessible toilet with level access to the toilet from the gallery. There are vertical rails either side of the toilet and basin and there are is a horizontal rail on the side wall adjacent to the toilet. There is colour contrast with critical surfaces; floor, wall tiles and fixtures are different colours. The flooring is non-slip vinyl and there is florescent lighting. There is an emergency alarm pull cord. There are lever taps on the basins.
Read our access statement HERE
East Grinstead Museum provides a fun and fascinating day out.
Our exhibition spaces contain something for all the family and present a fully interactive and engaging experience, combining film, sound, images and intriguing objects and artefacts.
Our ‘Rebuilding Bodies and Souls’ exhibition tells the story of Archibald McIndoe and the Guninea Pig Club, with supporting activity packs to help children make the most of their visit.
Our comfortable and well-resourced research room provides an opportunity to explore a wealth of archive material representing the rich history of the town.
Conclude your visit by browsing our well stocked gift shop.
SCHOOL & GROUP BOOKINGS
Your school, group or club will find much of interest at East Grinstead Museum, not least our learning activities which will enhance your trip.
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Archibald McIndoe Statue
Close to the Museum and in front of Sackville College find Martin Jennings Statue of McIndoe whose work is commemorated in our “Rebuilding Bodies and Souls” exhibition.
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St Swithun’s Church
The Parish church of St Swithens has its origins in the 10th century but the current building dates to 1789. Outside the South door of St Swithun’s church, behind the path that leads to the lych gate, there are 3 tablets which form a memorial to 3 Protestants, burnt at the stake on 18th July, 1556, in East Grinstead.
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FOOD & DRINK
There are a number of places to suit all tastes within a few minutes walk from the museum.
Come and soak up the history, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee in our little cafe, explore the nooks and crannies, browse our shelves, and who knows you might even buy a book or two, and help keep alive a real bookshop!
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Welcome to the beautifully refurbished Crown in East Grinstead, formerly known as Bar Kuba, a charming pub with real character and a warm welcome for locals and visitors alike.
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