St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery is an independent museum and art gallery that reveals the fascinating stories of life along the New Forest coast. The gallery draws material from national, regional and private collections to create unique and significant exhibitions; it also promotes the best of local art.
This museum and art gallery is one of the finest in the area, and is a great family destination with hands-on displays and activities for all ages.
Visitors to the museum can explore the histories of the towns, villages and landscape that make the New Forest coast so special.
In addition to its regular local history events and exhibitions programme, St. Barbe offers both self-led and led sessions to schools and groups of all ages
Visitors can enjoy learning about the New Forest coast through a variety of hands-on activities, including costumes to try on, a smuggler to search, objects to handle and a replica pilot boat.
Local History Programme
The history of the local area is explored through an annual programme of local history events and exhibitions.
Aspects of life in the local towns and parishes including Lymington, Boldre, Hordle, New Milton, Sway, Barton-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea, from pre-history to the present day are represented by the museum's collections.
In addition there is an extensive photographic archive.
Local Arts and Crafts
Wonderful displays of local arts and crafts can be found in the 'Old School Gallery'; this gallery is free to enter and all pieces exhibited are available to purchase.
Visitors to St Barbe will also find a great gift shop with a range of unusual and interesting items including local history books, local produce, a wide range of cards and exhibition catalogues and postcards.
Visitors' Information Centre
The visitors' information centre offers an extensive array of guides, leaflets and information about the local area. Helpful volunteers are at hand to offer guidance.
The museum is open from 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday, including bank holidays (closed on 25th and 26th December, and 1st January)
There is a small charge to visit the museum; please see the website for details.
St. Barbe Museum & Art Gallery is an independent museum that is governed by a registered charity, Lymington Museum Tust. It works extensively with volunteers and partners to bring the story of the New Forest coast to life, for both visitors to the area and the local community.
Cannot comment on museum itself as we had limited time and came into ask re Tourist Information. Staff could not have been more helpful and the artist section with coffee stall provided us with rest and...
Do visit - it is brilliant! Excellent Exhibitions, a fascinating and unstuffy museum and lovely people. It is well worth looking in whenever you are in Lymington.
Alan H said about St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery: Excellent museum with wonderful interesting exhibitions
An excellent local museum & art gallery. A real asset to the area. Important resource.
What a great venue for our business networking event. Exhibition of Grosvenor School lino prints & the Lymington Museum was fascinating.