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 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 and a disabled toilet. There is only a very small amount of car parking next to the museum, although there are many car parks nearby.
- Monday and Tuesday: closed
- Wednesday to Saturday: 10.30 to 16.00
- Sunday: 14.00 to 16.30
Visiting Crawley Museum
Crawley Museum Society doesn’t appear to encourage visitors to its properties: its slow-loading, image-heavy website contains almost no useful information, and even fails to give the addresses of Crawley Museum and Ifield Watermill. Nevertheless, both properties are worth visiting.