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Arundel Museum, Arundel

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This independent Museum was originally established in 1964 in the undercroft of Arundel Town Hall. In 1977, it moved to the Grade 2* listed building at 61 High Street, but it reluctantly had to vacate those premises at the end of 2007. For the 2008 season, it opened in temporary portacabin accommodation in the Car Park in Mill Road opposite the Castle entrance. In October 2011, it moved again, and again to temporary accommodation. This time it opened as the Arundel Museum and Information Centre in Crown Yard Mews.

Arundel Museum is run by the Arundel Museum Society, a registered charity. The Museum is manned by volunteers and relies on subscriptions, donations and fundraising events for its survival.

The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded a grant of £888,000 towards the cost of a new purpose-built museum on a prime site in the centre of the main tourist area of Arundel, adjacent to the river, and opposite the Lower Castle Gate. Building started in 2012; a total of £1.6 million was required to complete the build and fit out this new permanent home. Arundel Museum Society is still involved in a major

fundraising drive to maintain and run the new Museum having raised the rest of the money to add to to the grant.
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  • Lots to look at in this well laid-out and well-designed museum. A lot has been packed into quite a small space, but the labelling is clear and the explanatory boards useful. We spent 1.5hrs there, but...  more »
  • Good value..allow an hour. Opposite entrance to the Arundel castle. Good overview of local history including the castle.  more »
  • Located just opposite the castle entrance, this tiny little museum packs a lot of the local history into it's single room. Very interesting to learn more about the local area.  more »
  • A proper "local museum" involving pre-history flints to wonderful objects reflecting the workings of this lovely old town. Great displays. Friendly staff. Excellent adjacent toilets - 20p.
  • Terrible, not engaging enough for children. Far too small for an historic town as Arundel is. Not worth the money.
  • Great place to visit. Lot's to see.
  • This is small but with lots of really interesting and varied exhibits. Well worth a look if you have an interest in the local history.