Marlipins Museum

Marlipins Museum is currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This has been a difficult decision and apologise for any disappointment this may cause.

As a charity we receive no core Government funding and rely solely on the generosity of our members and the public to conserve our properties. Please support us during this  difficult time by Making a donation.

The oldest secular building in Sussex, if not Britain …

This fascinating local history and archaeology museum tells the story of Shoreham’s maritime and coastal history from the prehistoric period. The 12th century building is close to the sea, both a Listed building and a Scheduled monument.  Although owned by the Sussex Archaeological Society as a museum since 1922, it may have been built as a customs house for the market and port.

Two local industries are represented in our collection of historic photographs:

  • Shoreham airport, opened in 1910 as the first licensed airfield in Britain
  • Shoreham Beach film industry. Once the centre of the UK’s silent movie industry, film companies set up here in 1914 drawn by the special quality of the light.

Information for Visitors:
Plan your visit

Schools: Marlipins Museum has joined forces with CoastEd to provide resources to schools.  Supported by funding from Arts Council England, the CoastEd partnership includes Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Littlehampton Museum, Rustington Museum and Worthing Theatres, providing a new education service for Arun, Adur and Worthing and beyond.

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.