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Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport

Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport

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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Petworth Cottage Museum

Petworth Cottage Museum

Welcome to this Leconfield estate-worker's cottage once the home of Mrs Cummings, a seamstress at Petworth House. Furnished as in 1910 it has a...

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  1. Add Petworth Cottage Museum to your Itinerary

    Petworth Cottage Museum

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    Museum

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    Petworth

    Welcome to this Leconfield estate-worker's cottage once the home of Mrs Cummings, a seamstress at Petworth House. Furnished as in 1910 it has a ground floor scullery and sitting room, with a kettle boiling on the coal-fired range.

  2. Add Margate Museum to your Itinerary

    Margate Museum

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    Museum

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    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.

  3. Add Tudor House Museum and Garden to your Itinerary

    Tudor House Museum and Garden

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    Historic House / Palace

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    Southampton

    Open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm at the heart of Southampton's Old Town.

  4. Add Aldershot Military Museum to your Itinerary

    Aldershot Military Museum

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    Museum

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    Aldershot

    A look behind the scenes at 150 years of life in home of British Army. Victorian barrack room, uniforms and equipment. Local history gallery. Military vehicle gallery.

  5. Add Yesterday's World to your Itinerary

    Yesterday's World

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    Museum

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    Battle

    Discover a magical time travel adventure that the whole family will enjoy at award-winning Yesterday’s World, one of the South East’s best loved visitor attractions.

  6. Add REME Museum of Technology to your Itinerary

    REME Museum of Technology

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    Museum

    Location

    Reading

    The museum shows the developing technology used by the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers in maintaining and repairing the army's equipment since 1942.

  7. 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.

  8. Add Medieval Merchants House to your Itinerary

    Medieval Merchants House

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    Historic House / Palace

    Location

    Southampton

    Sensitive restoration has returned this house to its mid 14th century appearence steeped in atmosphere. It is easy to imagine the life of John Fortin, a wine trader, and his family who lived here c1290.

  9. Add Paradise Park to your Itinerary

    Paradise Park

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    Theme Park

    Location

    Newhaven

    Planet Earth at Paradise Park is the perfect day out for all ages. Discover the fascinating world of animals and plants from millions of years ago to the present day in the Museum of Life.

  10. Add Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower to your Itinerary

    Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

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    Museum

    Location

    Gosport

    The amazing story of naval firepower, from gunpowder to the Exocet, in an exciting visitor experience for all the family on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.