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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.

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.

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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De La Warr Pavilion

A modernist icon for contemporary arts on the south coast of England

The first public Modernist building to be opened in the UK in 1935, this Grade 1 listed, internationally renowned icon re-opened after a £9m lottery...

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  1. 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

  2. Add Worthing Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Worthing

    Varied collections including art, costume, toys, archaeology and local history. Exciting programme of rotation exhibitions throughout the year. Garden hosts changing sculpture exhibitions.

  3. Add SEARCH to your Itinerary

    SEARCH

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Gosport

    SEARCH is Hampshire Museum's Hands-on Centre for History and Natural Sciences. Normally only open to pre-booked groups, SEARCH also offers occasional family open days and holiday workshops.

  4. Add Rural Life Centre to your Itinerary

    Rural Life Centre

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Farnham

    The Rural Life Centre is a museum of past village life covering the years from 1750 to 1960. It is set in over ten acres of garden and woodland and housed in purpose-built and reconstructed buildings including a chapel, village hall, cricket pavilion and schoolroom.

    Displays show village crafts...

  5. 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.

  6. Add Museum of English Rural Life to your Itinerary

    Museum of English Rural Life

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Reading

    MERL houses one of England's most fascinating collections relating to life and work in the countryside over the last 200 years.

  7. Add Cogges to your Itinerary

    Cogges

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Witney

    Everyone who visits Cogges for the first time is bowled over by its beauty. Visit a unique venue and heritage site with a fascinating story, set around a manor house and farm buildings, walled garden and orchard. Take welly walks around the island woodland and moat by the River Windrush, at the...

  8. Add Tudor House Museum and Garden to your Itinerary

    Tudor House Museum and Garden

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Southampton

    Uncover over 800 years of history in the heart of Southampton’s Old Town. Tudor House and Garden gives visitors an insight in to the lives and times of its residents with informative displays and hands on interactive experiences.

  9. Add Royal Engineers Museum to your Itinerary

    Royal Engineers Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Gillingham

    There is something for all the family. Zulu War items, Boer War, World Wars I and II, planes, trains, tanks, bridges, bombs, 25 galleries.

  10. Add Otford Heritage Centre to your Itinerary

    Otford Heritage Centre

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Otford

    Models of Otford's Tudor Palace and 19th Century local aviators' glider compliment changing displays of the present and recent past,plus local geology and archeology, linked by the 56 foot illustrated timeline. Group visits by appointment.