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Historic sites and museums in Hampshire have something for all ages, and are perfect for a family day out. If you like aircraft, ships, outer space, local history, literature, castles, Roman villas or Iron Age forts it's all here in Hampshire.

Portsmouth & Gosport
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.

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. 

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.

Winchester
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'. The Great Hall is also one of the filming locations for Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ series.

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.

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.

New Forest
If you love cars old and new, visit the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. 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 can 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.

Southampton
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.

Discover Netley Abbey near Southampton which has the extensive ruins of a 13th century Cistercian abbey.

East Hampshire
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.

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.

Test Valley
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.

Basingstoke
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.

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  1. Cumberland House Natural History Museum

    Southsea, Portsmouth

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    1 Apr 2017to30 Sept 2017Various Opening Times
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    1 Oct 2017to31 Mar 2018Various Opening Times
  2. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

    HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

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    From:
    1 Jan 2017to31 Dec 2017
  3. Rockbourne Roman Villa

    Fordingbridge

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    From:
    1 Apr 2017to25 Sept 2017
    From:
    2 Oct 2017to30 Oct 2017
  4. Portsmouth Museum

    Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    1 Apr 2017to30 Sept 2017Various Opening Times
    From:
    1 Oct 2017to31 Mar 2018Various Opening Times
  5. Chawton House Library

    Chawton

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    From:
    20 Mar 2017to27 Oct 2017Various Opening Times
  6. Romsey Signal Box

    Romsey

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    From:
    7 Feb 2017to10 Nov 2017
  7. Lepe Country Park

    Beaulieu

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    From:
    1 Jan 2017to31 Dec 2017
  8. Southsea Castle

    Southsea, Portsmouth

    Dates

    From:
    8 Mar 2017to30 Oct 2017Various Opening Times
    From:
    31 Oct 2017to31 Mar 2018
  9. Museum of Army Flying

    Stockbridge

    Dates

    From:
    1 Jan 2017to31 Dec 2017Open 10:00 - 16:30
  10. Edward King: A Life in Art

    Portsmouth

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  11. Broadlands

    Romsey

    Dates

    From:
    28 June 2018to1 Sept 2018Various Opening Times