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Museums in Hampshire

Historic sites and museums in Hampshire have something for all ages, with plenty to keep the family entertained.

If you like aircraft, ships, outer space, local history, literature, castles, Roman villas or Iron Age forts it's all here in Hampshire.

Travel back in time at Milestones, Hampshire's Living History Museum in Basingstoke, where costumed actors help bring the streets of old to life and you can peruse the shops of yesteryear.

In the stunning Peninsula Barracks in Winchester you’ll find Winchester's Military Museums. This is an outstanding collection of five of the British Army's finest regiments including the Gurkha Museum and Horse Power - the Museum of the King's Royal Hussars.

Get ready for big bangs at Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower at Gosport. In this award-winning, hands-on museum you can see the exciting big guns, torpedoes and missiles that have played such an important part in UK heritage.  

If Mr Darcy gets your pulse racing, visit Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton, and stand behind the small table where the famous novelist wrote her popular works.

Some of Jane Austen’s clothes and jewellery are also on display and you can walk in the garden which she found so peaceful and inspiring.

For more museums in Hampshire, try the Royal Navy Submarine Museum at Gosport. Here you can go on board Britain’s only surviving World War II ocean-going submarine and hear submariners’ compelling stories about life beneath the waves. 

Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and see Henry VIII’s flagship the Mary Rose, Nelson’s battleship the HMS Victory and Queen Victoria’s HMS Warrior 1860.

At the SeaCity museum in Southampton, find out how the Titanic disaster affected the lives of 500 families in the city.

Experience the sights and sounds of Southampton’s port in 1912, when it was home to 23 steamship companies such as White Star Line and Union Castle. 

If you love cars old and new, visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. At Beaulieu you can find out about the history of motoring, from modern rally cars and F1 Grand Prix to Top Gear, James Bond and Del Boy’s Reliant Regal.  

The family will also enjoy Palace House, the home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey and numerous other attractions such as a monorail ride and mini driving circuit for children.

Beaulieu National Motor Museum  Watercress LineHospital of St Cross

Family Friendly Hampshire Museums

Once more on the literary trail, you can visit Selborne to see the historic house and garden which was home to naturalist and writer Gilbert White.

Here you’ll also find an exhibition devoted to explorer Frank Oates, otherwise known as Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

For a different Hampshire museums experience, why not travel by steam or heritage diesel train on the Watercress Line through the beautiful Hampshire countryside.

In Test Valley, you can visit the oldest working silk mill in Britain, Whitchurch Silk Mill, or explore the beautiful architecture of Romsey Abbey, one of the largest parish churches in England.

One of Hampshire's jewels in the crown is Winchester's 13th century Great Hall and the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, 'The Round Table of King Arthur'.

Winchester Cathedral boasts the longest nave in Europe, an ancient library and an atmospheric Norman crypt which houses the Sound II statue by Antony Gormley.

The medieval Hospital of St Cross in Winchester is a hidden gem nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen, while tranquil Netley Abbey near Southampton has the extensive ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey.

Further Recommendations

If you would like any further tourism recommendations during your stay in Hampshire then there are a variety of different Tourist Information Centres you can visit anytime where our friendly staff will be more than happy to help you out.

Some of the things you can expect from our Tourist Information Centres include:

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    Basing House

    Basing, Basingstoke

    Discover the many stories of Basing House, a nationally important historical site. This magnificent attraction dates from the Norman period and was the site of the largest private house in Tudor England.

  2. Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower

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    Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower

    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.

  3. Jane Austen's House Museum

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    Jane Austen's House Museum

    Near Alton

    The novelist Jane Austen is known worldwide for her popular novels describing the society of pre-industrial England.

  4. Gilbert White's House

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    Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

    Selborne

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of Selborne'. Exhibition on Frank Oates, explorer and Capt Lawrence Oates of Antarctic fame.

  5. NEW Mary Rose Museum

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    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    Portsmouth

    Featuring the NEW Mary Rose Museum and world famous ships HMS Victory and HMS Warrior 1860. Plus NEW for April 2014, HMS Alliance, the only remaining WW2 era British ocean going submarine.

  6. Grayshott Pottery

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    Grayshott Pottery and Jolleys Café

    Grayshott

    Discover Grayshott Pottery and Jolleys Café
    Shopping or time for Coffee, Lunch and Tea  There is plenty to enjoy at Grayshott Pottery.  It has a studio gallery where visitors can buy the work of many of the Pottery’s designers and decorators.  It also has an extensive gift and...

  7. Milestones

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    Milestones

    Basingstoke

    The museum is suitable for all ages, with plenty to keep the whole family occupied. Younger visitors can explore the museum's specially created Post Office and explore the museum through a range of I-Spy trails.

  8. Flora Twort Gallery

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    Flora Twort Gallery and Petersfield Museum

    Petersfield

    A selection of fascinating paintings of local interest by local artist.

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    Bedales Arts

    Petersfield

    BEDALES ARTS
    a programme for lively minds

  10. Cumberland House Natural History Museum

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    Cumberland House Natural History Museum

    Southsea, Portsmouth

    Have a look for the heron stalking its prey and the brent geese coming into land after their 3000 km flight from the arctic. You can also learn about Portsmouth's geology and take a look at the Victorian Museum exhibition.
    The displays are designed to allow visitors a view of the natural world as...