About Us | Mundesley Maritime Museum | - Norfolk Coastal Maritime Museum

The Mundesley Maritime Museum sits on “The Lees” overlooking the beach with spectacular views over the sea. The Museum is believed to be one of the smallest in England.

The Mundesley Coastguard Lookout which now houses the museum was built in 1928, replacing an older one on the same site dating back to the Napoleonic period. It was closed down in the early 1990s as the result of major reorganisation by the Coastguard Service. The building was subsequently bought by North Norfolk District Council, who in 1994 let it on a long lease to Mundesley Parish Council on the understanding it would house a museum, and giving them the powers to do so.

A steering committee was set up to achieve this and eventually a committee of seven was formed to organize the day to day running of the museum. The committee consisted of two Parish Councillors and five members of the public. North Norfolk District Council kindly refurbished the building at a cost of approximately £3000, installing the display cabinets and four display boards.

The first floor was reinstated as a Coastguard Lookout of the 1930/1940 period with a chart table etc. A powerful pair of binoculars on a stand, for visitor use, was presented by the Coastguard Museum of Bridlington, East Yorkshire along with the former station records and many of the original items of equipment now on show.

The museum was officially opened, by District Councillor Graham Gotts, on May 1st.1995.

At about this time the National Coastwatch Institution was looking for suitable sites to reintroduce visual lookouts around the North Norfolk coastline. The Parish Council decided to offer the use of the Museum Lookout facility free of charge, and in return Coastwatch lookout volunteers would complement our Stewards and greet visitors to the first floor. About this time the mast was fitted with a gaff and yardarm.

On November 11th 2001 the Museum was awarded the Status of Full Registration having achieved the standards required by the Resource Registration Scheme (The Council for Museum Archives and Libraries).

The Museum is a member of Museums in Norfolk Group.