Worthing Museum & Art Gallery


Dorothea Primrose Permanent Collections

The Museum's collections are very diverse. We have one of the largest costume collections in the country as well as a stunning collection of toys and dolls.

The Fine Art and Decorative Art Collections span several centuries and many styles. Many of the pieces are by very influential British artists and craftsmen.

The Local History Archive is very extensive as are the Archaeology Collections.

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery (WMA) holds one of the most significant costume collections in the UK, as well as notable collections in fine and decorative arts, social history, toys, dolls and archaeology. There are around 30,000 pieces in the costume collection alone, Princess Amelia's slippers and Queen Victoria's underwear being just two examples.

WMA hold over a thousand dolls, and an ever growing toy collection. Some of the dolls are very unusual, like the Westwood 'fertility doll'. We also have fine examples by many of the major makers from Jumeau to Meech and Bru to Pierotti. We have bears of every shape and size, games and puzzles dating back to the nineteenth century, and an enthralling collection of children's books. The recent Colin Mears Bequest of children's books and associated material has helped to make this collection one of the best in the country.

Please note that not all of these items will be on display at any one time and if you want to see something particular when you visit it is a good idea to contact us in advance. If the object is not on display we will do our best to show it to you.

To view details of a particular collection please click on the appropriate entry at the left-hand side of the page.