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RHS Wisley, Surrey

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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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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

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    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 Hove Museum & Art Gallery to your Itinerary

    Hove Museum & Art Gallery

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    Museum

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    Hove

    Hove Museum is one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east. It also houses one of the finest craft collections in the country.

  3. Add Mary Rose Museum to your Itinerary

    Mary Rose Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Portsmouth

    The Mary Rose is based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Built between 1509 and 1511, she was one of the first ships able to fire a broadside, and was a firm favourite of King Henry VIII.

  4. Add D-Day Museum to your Itinerary

    D-Day Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Portsmouth

    The D-Day Museum was opened in 1984 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of D-Day. Its centrepiece is the magnificent Overlord Embroidery, a tribute to the sacrifice and heroism of those who took part in the operation.

  5. Add Finchcocks Musical Museum to your Itinerary

    Finchcocks Musical Museum

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    Museum

    Location

    Goudhurst

    Beautiful Georgian manor set in 13 acres of garden. Home to Richard Burnett's collection of over 100 period keyboard instruments.

  6. Add Winchester's Military Museums to your Itinerary

    Winchester's Military Museums

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    Museum

    Location

    Winchester

    Five splendid military museums on an historic site with Visitor Centre, café displays and activities to interest all the family.

  7. Add Southsea Castle to your Itinerary

    Southsea Castle

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    Castle / Fort

    Location

    Southsea, Portsmouth

    Built in 1544, the Castle was part of a series of fortifications constructed by Henry VIII around England's coasts to protect the country from invaders. FREE ENTRY.

  8. Add Booth Museum of Natural History to your Itinerary

    Booth Museum of Natural History

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    Museum

    Location

    Brighton

    This fascinating museum houses exhibits that include hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings, insects from butterflies to beetles, a killer whale skeleton and dinosaur bones

  9. 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.

  10. Add Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway to your Itinerary

    Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway

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    Steam Railway

    Location

    Hythe

    An attractive, small Cinque Port town with small shops, supermarkets, antique shops, an antiques market at the Malt House every Friday and Saturday, restaurants, pubs, swimming baths, sea front and walks or boating along the Royal Military