Crawley Museum Centre is Crawley’s main repository for archives and historical artefacts. It contains:
- permanent collections of historical and archaeological material from the Stone Age in Crawley to modern times
- temporary exhibitions
- the town’s archives
The museum centre used to occupy an annexe to Goffs Park House, an imposing Victorian house, but in July 2018 it moved into the grade-two listed Tree House on the corner of the High Street and the Boulevard, opposite the former Morrison’s supermarket. Like Goffs Park House, the Museum’s new building is owned by Crawley Borough Council. The Tree House, now usually known as The Tree, dates from the 15th century and was for many years Crawley’s manor house. Beginning in 2015, the council oversaw the refurbishment of Tree House with the help of a £1.15 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
Admission is free, although donations are welcome.
Crawley Museum has:
- Disabled access: a ramp with a handrail at the main entrance, and a lift to the first floor.
- Toilet facilities for the disabled.
- Large-print handouts of all captions to exhibits.
- Guide dogs are welcome.
- An indoor refreshment area.
- A souvenir shop.
- A small outdoor space.
- A meeting room is available for hire.
- Safe storage space for visitors’ bicycles.
There is only a very small amount of car parking next to the museum, although there are many car parks nearby. The museum’s town-centre location is 5-10 minutes’ walk from Crawley railway station and Crawley bus station.
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday: closed
- Wednesday: closed
- Thursday: 10.30 to 16.00
- Friday: 10.30 to 16.00
- Saturday: 10.30 to 16.00
- Sunday: closed
The museum is normally shut over the Christmas and New Year period.
(These opening hours were correct in May 2023.)