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
1 January–26 March 10am-3pm
27 March–28 October 10am-5pm
29 October–24 December 10am-4pm
25 December Closed
26 December–29 December 10am–4pm
30 December –31 December Closed (stock take)