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Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, Hampshire

Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower, Hampshire

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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Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

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  1. Add Worthing Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

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    Worthing

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

  2. Add Butser Ancient Farm to your Itinerary

    Butser Ancient Farm

    Type

    Farm

    Location

    Waterlooville

    Butser Ancient Farm, nestled within the Southdowns National Park, is a wonderful outdoor space showcasing Ancient Britain through experimental archaeology.

  3. Add Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum to your Itinerary

    Lewes Castle & Barbican House Museum

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Lewes

    Climb the zig-zag steps of this 1000 year old Norman castle for stunning views of Sussex. in Barbican House Museum, explore the archeological history of Sussex and the changing exhibitions in the upper gallery.

  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 Birtley House Sculpture Garden to your Itinerary

    Birtley House Sculpture Garden

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    Garden

    Location

    Bramley

    Birtley House gardens are open on specific occassions, including a Sculpture Exhibition in May, private events and parkland weddings.

  6. Add Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line' to your Itinerary

    Mid-Hants Railway 'Watercress Line'

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    Steam Railway

    Location

    Alresford

    Let off steam and travel by one of our lovingly restored Steam trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

  7. Add Winchester City Mill & Shop to your Itinerary

    Winchester City Mill & Shop

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    Water Mill

    Location

    Winchester

    A Millennium of milling history. Rebuilt in 1744 on an earlier medieval site, the working watermill spans the River Itchen. Flour making demonstrations take place on Saturdays and Sundays.

  8. Add The 1642 Living History Village to your Itinerary

    The 1642 Living History Village

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    Museum

    Location

    Rowner, Gosport

    A representational Hampshire village set in the year 1642. Timber and thatched buildings, occupants dressed and speak in 17thC style.

  9. Add Whitchurch Silk Mill to your Itinerary

    Whitchurch Silk Mill

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    Water Mill

    Location

    Whitchurch

    A gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, Whitchurch Silk Mill is a 19th century water mill that weaves English silk fabrics using 19th century machinery. The Mill is open to the public and is one of Hampshire's hidden gems.

  10. Add Didcot Railway Centre to your Itinerary

    Didcot Railway Centre

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    Railway

    Location

    Didcot

    Living museum recreating the golden age of the Great Western Railway. Steam locomotives and trains, Brunel's broad gauge railway, engine shed and small relics museum.