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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.

Milestones Seacity MuseumHMS AllianceTravel 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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  1. Eastney Beam Engine

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    Eastney Beam Engine House

    Southsea

    Eastney Beam Engine House contains a pair of James Watt beam engines and reciprocal pumps restored to their 1887 condition.

  2. Beaulieu

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    Beaulieu

    Beaulieu

    Come to Beaulieu in the heart of the New Forest and discover the many delights that one of the UK’s leading Tourist Attractions has to offer.

  3. Rockbourne Roman Villa

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    Rockbourne Roman Villa

    Fordingbridge

    Visit the remains of the largest known Roman Villa in the area.

  4. Army Medical Services Museum

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    Army Medical Services Museum

    Aldershot

    The museum tells the story of military medicine, nursing, dental and veterinary science from 1660 until today.

    It includes military uniforms, medals and equipment but also medical equipment and apparatus dating from 1715. There are also military ambulances, an ambulance train ward coach and a...

  5. Fort Brockhurst

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    Fort Brockhurst

    Gosport

    A 19th century fort and museum with exhibition illustrating the history of Portsmouth's defences.

  6. Two tanks

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    Aldershot Military Museum

    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.

  7. Ringwood Brewery

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    Ringwood Brewery

    Ringwood

    Beer and Ringwood go hand in hand, as brewing has been part of the town's heritage for centuries.

  8. Winchester City Mill

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    Winchester City Mill & Shop

    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.

  9. Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

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    Bursledon Brickworks Museum

    Bursledon

    Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum is the last remaining steam driven brickworks in the country. Come and see our working machinery and the amazing buildings. Try your hand at making a brick.

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    Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

    New Milton

    This is a living museum with almost every motorcycle in the museum in full running order.