Marlipins Museum

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE – Marlipins Museum Closed

The Sussex Archaeological Society has taken the very difficult decision to close Marlipins Museum completely and cancel any forthcoming events, until further notice.

As a charity we receive no core Government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our members and the public. If you wish to support us during this time, please see the section on our website about how to make a donation.

The striking chequerboard flint and Caen limestone facade is part of one of the oldest Norman buildings in Sussex.


The museum tells the story of Shoreham’s maritime and local history from prehistoric to medieval times.

Two unexpected local industries, illustrated by the museum’s collection of historic photographs, are Shoreham airport and Shoreham Beach film industry. Once the centre of the UK’s silent movie industry, the film companies set up here in 1914, drawn by the special quality of the light.

Information for Visitors:
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Schools: Marlipins Museum has joined forces with CoastEd to help promote their offer to schools.  Supported using public funding from Arts Council England, CoastEd. is a new partnership of organisations including, Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Littlehampton Museum, Rustington Museum and Worthing Theatres, providing a new education service for Arun, Adur and Worthing and beyond. Schools can find out more at

Our sites are open to all, but anyone under the age of 16 needs to be accompanied by an adult, unless agreed in advance with our staff.

We regret that we only allow assistance dogs into the museum.

Contact: Marlipins Museum, High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5DA
Tel: 01273 462994, Email.

Interested in becoming a volunteer? Find out more on our Volunteers page.

Please see our Historic Sussex leaflet 2020 to find out about other Sussex Past properties.