St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery

“An intriguing local museum covering the area between the Solent Coast and the New Forest” - VisitEngland Assessor


Lymington, Hampshire

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Just off the High Street in New Street you will find St Barbe Museum + Art Gallery. This modern museum The Museum evolved through a community initiative in 1999 and documents the history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast, from prehistory to modern times. One highlight is the Boldre Hoard, 1,600 3rd-century coins uncovered near Lymington in 2014. The gallery features shows of all kinds, from local work to major exhibitions of nationally important art. There is a wonderful Gift shop and exceptional cafe.

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Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery
New Street, LYMINGTON, Hampshire, SO41 9BH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Fully accessible
  • Facilities: Ramps, Audio guide due October 21, till induction loop
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: 10-4pm Monday to Saturday; 10-4pm Monday to Sunday in August

About the area

Discover Hampshire

Hampshire’s varied landscape of hills and heaths, downlands and forests, valleys and coast is without rival in southern England. Combine these varied landscapes and terrains with secluded and idyllic villages, complete with thatched and timber-framed cottages and Norman churches, elegant Georgian market towns, historic ports and cities, restored canals and ancient abbeys, forts and castles, and you have a county that is paradise for lovers of the great outdoors.

If you’re a walker, stride out across the high, rolling, chalk downland of the north Hampshire ‘highlands’ with far-reaching views, walk through steep, beech-clad ‘hangers’ close to the Sussex border. Or perhaps take a gentler stroll and meander along peaceful paths through unspoilt river valleys, etched by the sparkling trout streams of the Test, Itchen, Avon and Meon. Alternatively, wander across lonely salt marshes and beside fascinating coastal inlets or, perhaps, explore the beautiful medieval forest and heathland of the New Forest, the jewel in Hampshire’s crown.

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