St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery


New Street, Lymington, Hants, SO41 9BH

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Located at the heart of the beautiful, historic coastal market town of Lymington, St Barbe is a dynamic museum and highly regarded art gallery  that appeals to both locals and New Forest visitors.

The museum explores the history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast. Inspired by local pride, and supported by the local community, its collections and colourful, hands-on displays offer a fascinating insight into the area for all ages. The museum tells the story of the area and its people using modern, interactive displays.

The art gallery specifications enable St Barbe to loan works from national collections including the Tate, V&A, British Museum, Imperial War Museum, and National Maritime Museum, often for unique bespoke exhibitions that have drawn acclaim from across the UK.

Previous exhibitions on individual artists include Evelyn Dunbar, Lucy Kemp-Welch, Randolph Schwabe and Sven Berlin and St Barbe also impresses visitors with themed exhibitions on topics including 18th century marine painting, the Women's Land Army and Home Lad Home - the story of horses in the First World War.

St Barbe's Visitor Information Point is staffed by a team of friendly, well-informed volunteers, to provide help and advice to visitors.

We have leaflets to browse through, ranging from visitor attractions, events, transport, maps and local guided walks. We are an official outlet for the New Forest District Council parking clocks.


Guide Prices

Adults - £6.00
Child (5-16 years) - £3.00
Under 5's - Free
Concessions - £5.00 (Senior Citizens, ES40 holders, Students)
Family(2A+ up to 4C) - £12.00


Saturday, 8th June 2019 - Sunday, 1st September 2019

Command of the Seas: The Navy and the New Forest against Napoleon
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Tuesday, 25th June 2019 - Tuesday, 25th June 2019

Creative Cafe
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Tuesday, 9th July 2019 - Tuesday, 9th July 2019

Knit and Natter
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Thursday, 11th July 2019 - Friday, 12th July 2019

Wood Engraving Course (2-day course) with Peter Brown
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Saturday, 13th July 2019 - Saturday, 13th July 2019

Wet Felting Workshop (intermediate) with Pippa Crouch
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Saturday, 20th July 2019 - Saturday, 20th July 2019

Wet Felting Workshops (beginners)
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Sunday, 21st July 2019 - Sunday, 21st July 2019

MY Museum Children 's Club (MC2)
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Tuesday, 23rd July 2019 - Tuesday, 23rd July 2019

Creative Cafe
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Wednesday, 24th July 2019 - Wednesday, 24th July 2019

BUZZ DAY: What is Archaeology?
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Wednesday, 31st July 2019 - Wednesday, 31st July 2019

Buzz Days: The Underwater World
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Wednesday, 31st July 2019 - Wednesday, 31st July 2019

Tea and Memories
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Wednesday, 7th August 2019 - Wednesday, 7th August 2019

Buzz Days: All at Sea
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Saturday, 10th August 2019 - Saturday, 10th August 2019

Wet Felting Workshops (beginners)
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Tuesday, 13th August 2019 - Tuesday, 13th August 2019

Knit and Natter
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Wednesday, 14th August 2019 - Wednesday, 14th August 2019

Buzz Days: All at Sea
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Wednesday, 21st August 2019 - Wednesday, 21st August 2019

Buzz Days: All at Sea
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Tuesday, 27th August 2019 - Tuesday, 27th August 2019

Creative Cafe
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Wednesday, 28th August 2019 - Wednesday, 28th August 2019

Buzz Days: All at Sea
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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed
  • WiFi or internet access

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road: leave the M27 at Junction 2, follow the A326 towards Fawley, then take the B3054 through Beaulieu to Lymington. Follow brown signs to museum and car park. Parking: nearest parking in Emsworth Road, including two disabled spaces beside the museum Accessible by Public Transport: Lymington Town station is 0 miles away.

Public Transport Directions

By Rail: five minutes walk from Lymington Town railway station


  • Other AwardsGo New Forest Card Go New Forest Card 2018
  • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 1 Apr 2020)

* Open Daily: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm | Sun 10am-4pm (Winter opening 10am-4pm)

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