Towner is the contemporary art museum for South East England. Admission is free.

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Towner is the contemporary art museum for South East England.  We present major
exhibitions of UK and international contemporary art – and as a museum, we also have
a renowned collection of art from across the ages. 

We put you – the visitor – at the heart of what we do.  Everything about Towner is designed to make you feel welcome.  Please stop and chat to our friendly and knowledgeable Gallery Assistants – they love to engage in stimulating conversation!

We aim to make outstanding art available to as wide an audience as possible.  Our learning and participation programmes are recognised as some of the best in the UK – and can often be seen within the gallery.

The architecture of our new building is award-winning.  We are proud to have the largest display space in South East England.  Our café bar has stunning views over the South Downs. 

We are a partner in the Plus Tate scheme, through which we contribute to a nationwide exchange of ideas in the visual arts.  Our Art Fund International award ensures we remain at the forefront of international contemporary art collecting. 

Take one of our free gallery tours at 11.30am daily, or come to one of our many events for all ages.  If you visit us on a weekend or school holiday, drop in to our Art Box activity space to create some art of your own (subject to room availability).

We are part of Eastbourne Borough Council and are a regularly funded organisation of Arts Council England.  We are also grateful to Towner members for providing the vital support that allows us to do what we do! 

Towner membership is open to all and is a great way to be part of our story – and enjoy some fantastic benefits.  You can join for as little as £30 a year (or £20 for a student).

Find out more about Towner membership

Please use the links on the left hand menu to explore our history, collection and awards.