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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.

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 Ashmolean Museum and the River & Rowing Museum, both 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.

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Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen's House Museum

From 1809 until 1817 Jane Austen lived in Chawton village near Alton with her mother, her sister Cassandra and their friend Martha Lloyd. Restored to...

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  1. Add Jane Austen's House Museum to your Itinerary

    Jane Austen's House Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Alton

    The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.

  2. Add The Queen’s House to your Itinerary

    The Queen’s House

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Greenwich, London

    An exquisite architectural gem housing a world-class art collection. This former Royal residence is a treasure trove of beautiful architectural features.

  3. Add Hove Museum & Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Hove Museum & Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Hove

    Hove Museum is one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east. It also houses one of the finest craft collections in the country.

  4. Add HorsePower - The Museum of The Kings Royal Hussars in Winchester to your Itinerary

    HorsePower - The Museum of The Kings Royal Hussars in Winchester

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    Museum

    Location

    Winchester

    Victorian uniforms, paintings, medals, horse, 1914 dugout, photographs, silver, 3 Armoured Fighting Vehicles (AFVs).

  5. Add Winchester's Military Museums to your Itinerary

    Winchester's Military Museums

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    Museum

    Location

    Winchester

    Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and activities to interest all the family.

  6. Add Southsea Castle to your Itinerary

    Southsea Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Southsea, Portsmouth

    Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. FREE ENTRY.

  7. Add Booth Museum of Natural History to your Itinerary

    Booth Museum of Natural History

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Brighton

    This fascinating museum houses exhibits that include hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings, insects from butterflies to beetles, a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bones

  8. Add Milestones to your Itinerary

    Milestones

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Basingstoke

    The museum is suitable for all ages, with plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Younger visitors can explore the museum's specially created Post Office and explore the museum through a range of I-Spy trails.

  9. Add Westbury Manor Museum to your Itinerary

    Westbury Manor Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Fareham

    An elegant 18thC building with a Victorian-style public garden at the rear. Displays tell the story of Fareham, using models, graphics and objects with a varied temporary exhibition gallery.

  10. Add Chiddingstone Castle to your Itinerary

    Chiddingstone Castle

    Type

    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Edenbridge

    Home of the collections of Denys Eyre Bower: Japanese, Egyptian, Stuart and Buddhist art and antiquities, set in a stunning Gothic Revival Castle and grounds. Family activities and cafe/tea room also available.