The Gateway Project

The Gateway Project has been our most ambitious development project, and is now transforming our visitors’ experiences from the moment they arrive, with a fantastic new waterside café, shop and visitor centre.

About the Project

The project is now complete and opened to the public on 19 May 2017. Watch the video of the opening celebrations here.

A better Museum

New visitor facilities, including an attractive café and visitor centre, will make a visit to the Museum more relaxing and enjoyable. Improved signage, trails and historical interpretation across the site will help all of our visitors make the most of what the Museum has to offer. In addition, the new learning and community space (adjoining the café) will extend our facilities for our many education and local interest groups.

Fresh interpretation

New interpretation within the galleries and the Museum site will enhance your understanding of the Museum and its purpose. Two new areas for families will offer hands-on interactive displays, which encourage activity and learning for all ages. Links to the South Downs National Park will help you to understand the connection between the landscape and the rural buildings of our area.

Three new exhibits

The new development has released three important vernacular buildings from their functional purposes as visitor centre, café servery and refectory. Sole Street hall house has been moved and reconstructed, the ground floor of Longport farmhouse will become a new gallery space and the Pallingham Quay wagon shed will be moved to a new site at the Museum in 2018. Each will have its architecture and social history fully explored for the first time, providing three new exhibit buildings ready to be discovered.

We are very excited about this next exciting chapter in the life of the Museum and hope you are too.

If you have any queries, please get in touch with our team via [email protected].

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