Housed in the 1898 RNLI William Terriss Memorial Boathouse, the museum tells the town’s story of nearly 200 years of lifesaving history, including medal-winning rescues and Dunkirk’s Operation Dynamo.
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
The museum is currently closed until further notice. Please call the shop ahead of visiting to avoid disappointment.
1 January–2 March
3 March–30 March
31 March–26 October
27 October–23 December
The shop and museum will be closed on 25 and 31 December.
24 and 26 December
27 December - 28 February 2021
1 March onwards
In the event of bad weather and/or volunteer unavailability the above times may vary.