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.
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.
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.
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:
- A guide to the best things to do including visitor attractions and places to visit
- Useful accommodation and booking advice for hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages and camping and caravan sites
- A what's on guide including information on the latest events and festivals
- Food and drink recommendations including restaurants, pubs and farmers' markets to visit
- Advice on walking, cycling, golf, fishing and horse riding locations
- Heritage information including guides to our stately homes, gardens and landmarks
- Advice and background information on different towns and villages in the region
- Transport, travel advice and information
- A wide range of maps, guides, books and brochures
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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.
Eastney Beam Engine House contains a pair of James Watt beam engines and reciprocal pumps restored to their 1887 condition. The engine house is open the last full weekend of every month.
This is a living museum with almost every motorcycle in the museum in full running order.
A museum with a comprehensive collection of farm machines, implements, wagons, displays on past village life, small arboretum and a woodland walk.
Let the train take the strain as you sit back, relax and travel through the heart of the English countryside.
A selection of fascinating paintings of local interest by local artist.
The Museum of Army Flying is an award-winning museum about the history of flying in the British Army. The museum hosts an amazing range of nationally important historic and moder aircraft, artefacts and documents that capture the imagination and help to tell the fascinating story of Soldiers in the...
A 19th century fort and museum with exhibition illustrating the history of Portsmouth's defences.
Founded in 1382, Winchester College is believed to be the oldest continuously running school in the country. Our guided tours concentrate on the medieval heart of the College and include Chamber Court; the 14th century Gothic Chapel, with one of the earliest examples of a wooden vaulted roof;...
Visit Portsmouth Historic Dockyard for a truly memorable family day out!