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
Due to the current coronavirus situation and in order to protect our customers, staff and volunteers, all of our museums are closed until further notice.
1 January–2 March
3 March–30 March
31 March–26 October
27 October–23 December
24 December-End of February 2019
The shop and museum will be closed on 25 and 31 December.
In the event of bad weather and/or volunteer unavailability the above times may vary.