About the museum
Eastbourne Museum tells the story of nearly 200 years of lifeboating in the town. The museum is part of the old Eastbourne lifeboat house, built in 1898 in memory of William Terriss, an actor who was murdered on the steps of London's Adelphi Theatre the previous year.
Our exhibits cover daring, award-winning rescues, the lifeboat's involvement with the evacuation of Allied troops from Dunkirk during the Second World War, and the development of search and rescue technology throughout Eastbourne's proud history.
The museum shares the William Terriss Memorial Boathouse with an RNLI shop – don’t forget to stop by and pick up a souvenir!
Eastbourne RNLI Museum
King Edward's Parade
1st January–3rd March 10am-3pm
4th March–24th March 10am-4pm
25th March–27th October 10am-5pm
28th October–29th December 10am-4pm
In the event of bad weather and/or volunteer unavailability the above times may vary.