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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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C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

Unique collection of Morgan 3-wheel cars, eleven from 1913-1935, plus 1904 Humber Tricar, 1929 Morris van, 1929 Ford model A, 1936 Bampton caravan,...

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  1. Add C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles to your Itinerary

    C M Booth Collection of Historic Vehicles

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    Museum

    Location

    Tenterden

    Unique collection of Morgan 3-wheel cars, eleven from 1913-1935, plus 1904 Humber Tricar, 1929 Morris van, 1929 Ford model A, 1936 Bampton caravan, early cycles, motorcycles, toy and model cars and motoring memorabilia.

  2. Add Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum to your Itinerary

    Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Portsmouth

    Small terraced house of 1805 in which the famous novelist was born and lived for a short time. Restored and furnished to illustrate middle-class taste of the time.

  3. Add St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    St. Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

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    Museum

    Location

    Lymington

    St. Barbe Museum explores the unique history of Lymington and the New Forest Coast.
    The colourful, hands-on displays provide a fascinating journey of discovery for all ages.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Add Cowes Maritime Museum to your Itinerary

    Cowes Maritime Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    WEST COWES

    Cowes Maritime Museum displays a selection of objects and images which help to tell the story of Cowes and its important maritime heritage.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Small garden hosts changing sculpture exhibitions.

  9. Red House Museum and Gardens

    Type

    Museum

    Location

    Christchurch

    Relax in the aromatic walled Herb Garden featuring herbs and old-fashioned roses, and stroll through the woodland walk in the tranquil South Garden.

  10. Willesborough Windmill

    Add Willesborough Windmill to your Itinerary

    Willesborough Windmill

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location

    Ashford

    135 year old Smock Mill, in course of restoration. Miller's cottage, restored Hornsby 14hp gas oil engine which drives one pair of stones.