Best of England is a recommendation website aimed solely at informing people about the amazing things there are to see and do across this green and pleasant land. We love a bit of culture so picked out 5 of our favourite museums, great for family days out.
The Jerwood Gallery, Hastings
Jerwood Gallery is a modern building located in the historic old town of Hastings. Home to the Jerwood Collection of modern British art, the gallery also hosts regular, curated exhibitions which celebrate the best of contemporary and British art.
This is no doubt a very interesting and factual place to visit for art fanatics, but it is also suitable for less experienced visitors and families visiting with younger children. There’s even a children’s trail to help you explore the gallery, its collection and exhibitions.
The Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne
The Towner Art Gallery is an award winning contemporary art gallery and museum in Eastbourne. Every summer, they present a major exhibition on an artist who has a strong connection with their collection or location with recent shows including Eric Ravilios, John Piper and Peggy Angus. The Towner Art Gallery opened in 1923 following the death of Alderman John Towner who left 22 paintings and £6,000 for the establishment of an art gallery.
The Towner collection now numbers over 4,000 art objects including oil paintings, watercolours, works on paper, etchings, prints, sculpture, wood cuts and ceramic objects and is one of the most significant public art collections in the South East. The museum is very welcoming to kids and families with regular activities and workshops to keep the little ones busy. There is a cafe on the top floor with views over Eastbourne. Entry is free and the gallery is open from 10am-6pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Pallant House Gallery, Chichester
Pallant House gallery is located in the historic town of Chichester, tucked away behind East and South street. In 2006 the Queen Ann house was extended in a bold and exciting style. This gallery holds one of the most significant collections of Modern British Art in the country. Its permanent collection is always being moved around, as well as a regularly changing exhibition on show amongst it. It’s a gallery that you can visit many times and each time see something new and exciting.
The Gallery doesn’t only hold an exciting exhibition programme but it also offers an array of other things to do, including; talks, workshops for both children and adults, tours, a specialist on-site bookshop and an on-site restaurant with courtyard garden. So why not spend the day exploring the gallery and stop of for a bite to eat. Pallant House Gallery is a must-see for any art enthusiast and a great day out for all.
The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Ditchling
Situated in the attractive town of Ditchling, The Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft is an unmissable stop for those on the art trail in Sussex. The Museum has a fantastic collection of local artwork and artifacts that focus on showcasing Ditchling’s finest artist’s work. In 2012 the buildings were part of a massive renovation project and have been beautifully finished.
The Museum also has a large open café and shop, serving delicious locally sourced cakes and drinks. As well as exhibitions and galleries the Museum also hold a variety of workshops and events including regular art clubs for young people.
The De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill
The De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill-on-Sea has become a modernist icon on the South Coast and provides a fantastic program of contemporary arts, renowned musicians and learning activities. The building was the result of an architectural competition held in 1934; it uses minimalist lines and shapes to make it a very interesting space.
As well as browsing through art or watching live music, you can enjoy some delicious food in the stylish Café Bar which overlooks the beautiful coastline. A large veranda gives you the opportunity to dine outside and feel as though you are on holiday. The De La Warr Pavilion is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.