Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery



Market Place, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG21 7QD

Tel: 01256 465902

Willis Museum and Sainsbury Gallery


Discover Basingstoke and Deane's past from the rich archaeological heritage beneath your feet right up to the modern day. As you tour the museum, you’ll find out about Iron Age and Roman burials, will meet Pickaxe, a 19th century scavenger scraping a living from the streets, and revisit the days of twin-tubs and teddy-boys in the 1960s sitting room.

On the ground floor is The Sainsbury Gallery, which hosts a rolling programme of exhibitions from nationally important galleries and museums, as well as some of the finest artists in the region. The Basingstoke gallery on the first floor showcases the work of local artists, groups and societies. This gallery has been restored to reveal many original features, creating a top quality space for community exhibitions. They also run fun events and activities for all the family throughout the year.

The Local History Resources section includes local reference books and archives, including an extensive collection of maps, plans, letters and more. The photographic collection includes postcards, albums and slides from the 1850s to the present day, and copies can be made on request. The museum also has a growing collection of oral history recordings, produced in partnership with the Basingstoke Talking History Group.

Drop into Café Willis, a welcoming space complete with marble fireplace, crystal chandelier and hand printed wallpaper. The café serves a range of Mozzo coffees, speciality teas, locally made cakes and pastries, including gluten free and Hampshire Fare products. The gift shop is the perfect place to find a special gift for a friend - or a treat for yourself!

Admission is free, donations are welcome.


Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free admissionFree

Admission is free, donations are welcome.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue
  • LGBT Friendly
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Public parking nearby (charge)

Payment Methods

  • Approx length of visit - 1 Hour
  • Groups Accepted
  • Maestro Accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction
  • No Smoking Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • Marketed Towards Senior Citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - By arrangement


Map & Directions


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member 2020 Tourism South East Member 2020 2020

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
Tuesday - Friday10:00 - 17:00
Saturday10:00 - 16:00

* Café Willis closes half an hour before closing time

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