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Museums

If you haven’t been to a museum in years for fear of drab venues and broken pots in glass cases, you may be interested to hear that museums in England have been transported into the 21st century. Prepare yourself for a surprise as the South East has some of the most dynamic museums in England, with more hundreds across the region.

In place of stuffy rooms and wardens shushing for quiet, you’ll find inspirational and interactive spaces with engaging and accessible exhibits from retro cars to animatronics. Whether you’re into heritage, maritime, wildlife, or sport, you’re bound to find a museum that’s right up your street.

Top ten museums in South East England

The South East is home to two brilliant Dockyards: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in Hampshire and The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent. Discover maritime history onboard some of the most famous war ships in British Naval history and find out what life was like for sailors in years gone by.

Car enthusiasts won’t want to miss the world-famous National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire’s New Forest. See one of the largest car collections held by any of the museums in England, with 250 cars of every age including land speed record-breakers Golden Arrow and Bluebird.

Many of Britain’s best-loved authors lived in the South East and found the region inspirational for their work. Explore the Jane Austen House Museum in Hampshire, the  house where Jane Austen wrote some of her famous novels, and visit the many locations in Kent that tell of the life and works of Charles Dickens, such as the Guildhall Museum in Rochester and the Dickens House Museum.

Other museums in the South East that will help expand your curiosity include the River & Rowing Museum in Oxfordshire; Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey; Dinosaur Isle on the Isle of Wight; The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre in Buckinghamshire; and The Look Out Discovery Centre in Berkshire.

If your South East of England break involves a day trip to London we can highly recommend the Cutty Sark, Royal Observatory Greenwich and the National Maritime Museum.

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Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

Maidstone Museum

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery is an exceptional regional museum housed in the gorgeous Chillington Manor, an Elizabethan manor house. Come...

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  1. Add Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Maidstone Museum & Bentlif Art Gallery

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    Museum

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    Maidstone

    Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery is an exceptional regional museum housed in the gorgeous Chillington Manor, an Elizabethan manor house.

  2. Add National Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    National Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Greenwich, London

    The world’s largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and adventure at sea. Critically acclaimed temporary exhibitions (ticketed). General admission free.

  3. Add Stanley Spencer Gallery to your Itinerary

    Stanley Spencer Gallery

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    Gallery

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    Cookham, Maidenhead

    This Gallery is dedicated to the life and work of Sir Stanley Spencer RA (1891-1959). It has a wonderful collection of more than 100 of his paintings and drawings.

  4. Add The Gurkha Museum to your Itinerary

    The Gurkha Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Winchester

    The Gurkha Museum takes you on a journey of discovery through the history of Gurkhas in British service.

  5. Add Margate Museum to your Itinerary

    Margate Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Margate

    Margate Museum is opened by a group of volunteers called the Friends of Margate Museum who work with Thanet District Council to open Margate Museum on a regular basis.

  6. Add De La Warr Pavilion to your Itinerary

    De La Warr Pavilion

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    Gallery

    Location

    Bexhill

    The De La Warr Pavilion is a Grade 1 listed Modernist icon for contemporary arts on the sea front in Bexhill

  7. Add Huguenot Museum to your Itinerary

    Huguenot Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Rochester

    The Huguenot Museum tells the story of Britain's first refugees: the skills they brought to the UK, their descendants, and relevance to the story of refugees today.

  8. Add Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum  to your Itinerary

    Beaulieu, Home of the National Motor Museum

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    Museum

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    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu featuring the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House home of the Montagu family and Abbey Ruins containing an exhibition of monastic life.

  9. Add Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection to your Itinerary

    Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

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    Museum

    Location

    Alton

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

  10. Add Queens Park Arts Centre & Limelight Theatre to your Itinerary

    Queens Park Arts Centre & Limelight Theatre

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    Arts Centre

    Location

    Aylesbury

    Offering over 70 weekly arts and crafts workshops, live comedy, music and theatre as well as exhibitions and demonstrations, Queens Park Arts Centre and Limelight Theatre has something for everyone.