Take a tour through Lymington’s history

If you are a history lover visiting the beautiful Georgian town of Lymington, situated on the southern edge of the charming New Forest, you may be interested in visiting the St. Barbe museum and devouring the wide range of interesting exhibitions they have available throughout the summer months. This wonderful museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast.

The museum is locally and widely renowned for its bright, animated and hands-on displays that offer all kinds of fascinating and exciting journeys for people of all ages. The New Forest attracts an endless stream of historians with a keen interest in discovering the secrets and treasures of one of the most idyllic UK locations.

The museum takes you on a journey of discovery through Lymington’s development as a market town and port. The exhibitions examine the many tales of boat-builders, salt-makers and smugglers that once frequented the Solent shore. The art galleries offer exciting exhibitions that regularly feature works loaned from various regional and national collections.

The museum is an independent organisation that is governed by the registered charity Lymington Museum Trust. Since its grand opening in 1999, it has earned a reputation as one of the finest art galleries and museums in the region. The museum contains a whole host of authentic artefacts, photographs and works of art and offers accessible and interactive passage across the coast of the New Forest. The exhibitions present the evolution of the farmers, market-stall holders and shop-keepers that have supplied locals with produce right up to the present day. The exhibitions also look at the Napoleonic period and the many soldiers that arrived on the shores over the course of the two world wars.

The museum offers many family-friendly displays, games, activities and costumes to try. Children love the pilot boat, as it gives them a taste of working at sea. From prehistory to the present, St. Barbe Museum has something for everyone and always proves very popular with many of our guests who come to stay at our bed and breakfast in the New Forest. We take great pride in accommodating the many visitors to Lymington, providing them with a welcoming and beautifully located place to stay. If you love the idea of exploring the history of this unique place, make our B&B your first choice for accommodation.