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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.

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Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle

Dinosaur Isle is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur attraction just over the sea wall in Sandown where in a spectacularly shaped building...

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  1. Add Dinosaur Isle to your Itinerary

    Dinosaur Isle

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    Museum

    Location

    Sandown

    In a spectacular pterosaur shaped building on Sandown’s blue flag beach walk back through fossilised time and meet life sized replica dinosaurs

  2. Add Royal Engineers Museum to your Itinerary

    Royal Engineers Museum

    Type

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. Add Andover Museum and The Museum of the Iron Age to your Itinerary

    Andover Museum and The Museum of the Iron Age

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    Museum

    Location

    Andover

    Andover Museum, from natural history to prehistory and local history something to interest everyone at this local museum.

  5. Add Mercedes-Benz World to your Itinerary

    Mercedes-Benz World

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    Museum

    Location

    Weybridge

    A world that is all Mercedes-Benz. Thrilling driving experiences, fascinating attractions, fun for kids. Fine dining, exciting events and classic cars too.

  6. 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.

  7. Add Curtis Museum to your Itinerary

    Curtis Museum

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Alton

    Local and natural history, local crafts. Dolls and houses, Victorian toys.

  8. 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.

  9. Add Hollycombe - Steam in the Country to your Itinerary

    Hollycombe - Steam in the Country

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    Museum

    Location

    Liphook

    Britain's largest Edwardian steam fairground, with several unique rides. Three steam railways, one ascending to spectacular views. Traction engine rides, steam farm.

  10. Add Windsor Castle to your Itinerary

    Windsor Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Windsor

    Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest occupied castle in the world and the Official Residence of Her Majesty The Queen.