Museums & Art Galleries Hampshire

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INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium - Winchester
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INTECH Science Centre and Planetarium - Winchester
The South of England's hands-on interactive science and technology centre. Plus the UK's largest capacity digital Planetarium! A family day out and school visit destination near Winchester, Hampshire. Featuring 100 interactive exhibits, which demonstrate the science and technology of the world around us in an engaging and exciting...
Winchester Discovery Centre
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Winchester Discovery Centre
Winchester Discovery Centre is an Gallery, Theatre, Library and Social space that offers family friendly live performances and theatre on their Family Sundays and a Gallery space for contemporary exhibitions. There are Arts and Crafts activities for younger children and a large library with lots of space to browse, work and you can relax in the...
Winchester Museums
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Winchester Museums
Winchester Museums Service is part of Winchester City Council's Cultural Services Division, running four sites in the city and providing a wide range of associated services
Curtis Museum - Alton
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Curtis Museum - Alton
One of the finest local history collections in Hampshire, exploring 100 million years of history Displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643, the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams and Hop picking and brewing. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm ...
Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum - Basingstoke
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Milestones - Hampshire's Living History Museum - Basingstoke
Milestones, Hampshire’s living history museum Imagine an open-air museum inside a massive modern building… a network of streets with shops, a village green and even a pub... dating from Victorian times and the 1930s… it's fun... a surprise around every corner! Open Tue to Fri, and Bank Holidays,...

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SeaCity Museum - Southampton
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SeaCity Museum - Southampton
Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages. We suggest that you allow between...
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum - Southampton
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Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum - Southampton
THE LAST REMAINING STEAM DRIVEN BRICKWORKS IN THE COUNTRY Welcome to Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum. We are a volunteer run independent museum based near Southampton. The museum is open from April to November: Thursdays 10-4 and for eight big Open Days - click on events to find out when the next one is ...
Andover Museum
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Andover Museum
Andover Museum can be found in a former town house c1750, visited by Jane Austen and has permanent exhibitions the stem from prehistoric times to the present day. Enjoy an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions, including art, craft, photography, history and relax in the coffee shop. During term-time the Natural History Gallery has tables...
Museum of the Iron Age
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Museum of the Iron Age
Museum of the Iron Age tells the story of Danebury hill fort which lies to the south west of Andover and can also be visited. The hill fort was excavated by Professor Barry Cunliffe between 1969 and 1988 and is one of the best studied sites of the British Iron Age. The museum uses real objects from Danebury alongside life size models,...
Solent Sky Museum - Southampton
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Solent Sky Museum - Southampton
The "Birthplace" and  "Home" of The Spitfire - Solent Sky Museum showcases the history of aviation in Southampton and Solent area. Geographically this area was the most important area in the country, if not the world, for aircraft experimental and development work between 1908 and the late 1960s, the most famous being the...
Museum of Army Flying - Stockbridge
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Museum of Army Flying - Stockbridge
The Museum of Army Flying is home to a unique collection of aviation history one of both international and national importance. Come and see over 35 historic fixed and rotary wing aircraft on display which along with detailed dioramas, artifacts, trophies and models serve as a profound and inspiring tribute to men and their...
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower - Gosport
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Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower - Gosport
Explosion! is an award winning museum of naval warfare created within 18th century buildings at the Royal Navy's former armaments depot of Priddy's Hard, in Gosport, Hampshire. The museum is housed in a group of listed buildings which centre around the original powder magazine of 1771. These sit on the edge of a delightful camber basin on the...
Rural Life Centre - Farnham
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Rural Life Centre - Farnham
The Rural Life Centre is a country life museum, assembled by the late Mr & Mrs Henry Jackson and now run by a charitable trust. It is pleasantly distributed over ten acres of field, woodland and barns, and comprises a large number of implements and devices marking over 150 years of farming. Many aspects of village and rural life are...
Little Woodham - Gosport
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Little Woodham - Gosport
A unique pattern woven in the fabric of time. Within the Parish of Rowner, surrounded by woodland, the village of Little Woodham exists to educate both children and adults about 17th Century rural life in the South of England. In the April of 1642 the King of England, Charles Stuart and his Parliament stood...
Bognor Museum
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Bognor Museum
Find out more of the history of early Bognor, when Sir Richard Hotham set about transforming a small fishing village into a fashionable seaside resort. The Museum is run by the Bognor Regis Local History Society and has been in this building since 2011. Almost every aspect of Bognor’s history is represented, from rocks and fossils millions...
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Discover the world famous historic ships – HMS Victory & HMS Warrior 1860 that have shaped British history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Home of the Royal Navy, other attractions include The Royal Naval Museum, with a new Exhibition “Task Force South: The Royal Navy and the Falklands War”, and Action Stations with the...
The Mary Rose
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The Mary Rose
Raised in 1982, the Mary Rose is housed in her own purpose-built museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, just a few miles from where she was lost. See the thousands of Tudor objects and personal possessions that were preserved when Henry’s favourite warship sank at the Battle of the Solent in 1545. Learn about the huge underwater...
Portsmouth City Museum
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Portsmouth City Museum
Portsmouth City Museum is a great place for to get to know the city and its history that have various events throughout the year. Children will enjoy it looks which is like a manor house with turrets and pointed roofs, which was actually a former barracks. The main attraction is: 'The story of Portsmouth ' is the name of those galleries which...
Royal Navy Submarine Museum - Gosport
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Royal Navy Submarine Museum - Gosport
Dive into history... A visit to the Submarine Museum includes the incredible experience of actually going onboard a WW2 submarine HMS Alliance with a submariner Guide. The visitor can chat with our submariners and find out what it was like to face danger in battle, to share jokes, hot bunk and how the torpedo section  doubled up as...
D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery - Southsea
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D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery - Southsea
Portsmouth’s D-Day Museum is Britain’s only museum dedicated solely to covering all aspects of the D-Day landings in Normandy, France, on 6 June 1944. D-Day was a turning point in the Second World War, and a moment when the course of world events depended on the Allied troops taking part. Opening Times Open...
Portsmouth Natural History Museum - Southsea
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Portsmouth Natural History Museum - Southsea
Portsmouth is a very special place for wildlife in Britain. It has many different habitats in a very small area, and at Portsmouth Natural History Museum you can explore them all. The museum tells the story of the wild things of the riverbank, marshes, woods and urban areas of Portsmouth. Have a...
Royal Marines Museum - Southsea
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Royal Marines Museum - Southsea
The Royal Marines Museum depicts history of the Royal Marines from 1664 through to present day. Personal stories of wars, battles and events of great significance, make the history of the Royal Marines comes to life. The Curators at the Museum collect and display contemporary material so that the story of our history is told up to the present...
Aldershot Military Museum
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Aldershot Military Museum
The story of Aldershot Military Town and the civil towns of Aldershot, Farnborough and Cove. Open Wednesday to Friday 10am - 5pm Saturday and Sunday 11am - 4pm Admission Adults £2.50 Children 5-15 £1 (under 5 Free) Senior Citizens £2 Other concessions £1 Family (2 adults, 2 children)...
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
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Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust is a museum is dedicated to the areas proud aviation heritage and significant contribution to air science and research, offering an important educational resource as well as an entertaining and stimulating day out for anyone interested in aviation history and scientific progress. There are interactive exhibitions...
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum - Chichester
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Weald & Downland Open Air Museum - Chichester
Our ancestors’ homes and the way they built them, their animals and the way they raised them, their crops and flowers and the way they grew them…at the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum you’ll discover how the people of south east England lived and worked over the past 500 years. And it’s all set in 50 glorious acres of the South Downs National...
The Classic Boat Museum
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The Classic Boat Museum
 We are an exciting and award winning all weather attraction based on the waterside in the Isle of Wight. We are able to offer a fascinating collection of sailing and power boats of local and national interest to both family visitors and maritime enthusiasts alike. Open throughout the year, our displays also include photographs, films,...

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The Novium Museum
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The Novium Museum
The museum is housed in a new building designed to display the remains of Chichester's Roman Bath house. On the ground floor this open archaeological site is interpreted by a short film showing the use of the baths and what the site has been used for since. These remains are one of the most significant Roman finds in Chichester and include...

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Reme Museum of Technology - Arborfield
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Reme Museum of Technology - Arborfield
Museum of the history of REME, a full day out for the kids and family. Opening Times & Prices Opening times Monday to Thursday: 9.00am till 4.30pm, Friday: 9.00am till 4.00pm, Sundays: 11.00am till 4.00pm Closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day Bank holidays – check in...
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
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Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum is situated in a corner of the old RAF Tangmere airfield, famed for its illustrious service from 1916 through to the post-war years.  It was opened by a group of aviation enthusiasts in 1982 to promote public awareness of the United Kingdom’s military aviation heritage, educate present and...
Museum of English Rural Life
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Museum of English Rural Life
The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) houses thousands of fascinating objects related to life and work in the countryside. We have a programme of temporary exhibitions, family activities, holiday events, guided tours and much more.  MERL is open Tuesday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Closed bank holidays. Admission is free.
Reading Museum
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Reading Museum
Reading Museum & Town Hall is well known for its landmark building in the centre of Reading and is part of Reading Borough Council's cultural services. The Museum has Full Accreditation status from the government's Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. Reading Museum has been providing award-winning opportunities for learning,...
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
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The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology is recognised as the fourth largest collection of Greek ceramics in Britain at over 2,000 objects so there's loads of stuff to see here for your little history buffs! The collection primarily consists of material from the Greek and Greco-Roman civilisations of the Mediterranean, most notably Greek and Etruscan...
Museum of Berkshire Aviation - Reading
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Museum of Berkshire Aviation - Reading
Berkshire's dynamic contribution to aviation history is graphically re-captured at the museum. Run as a charitable trust, the museum is at the historic site of Woodley Airfield, near Reading, U.K. - once the centre of a thriving aircraft industry. Miles and Handley Page aircraft built at Woodley are being re-constructed and exhibited along with...
Birtley House - Bramley - Surrey
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Birtley House - Bramley - Surrey
The Sculpture Garden Now in its 7th year this is the largest temporary sculpture exhibition in Surrey with over 150 exhibits by 50 artists - both local and nationally renowned. • 4th May – 2nd June 2013 • Open daily 10am – 5pm • Entrance: Free • Donations to Community Foundation for Surrey encouraged ...

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Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum
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Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum
Set in 35 acres of stunning rural landscape, Calbourne Water Mill contains one of the oldest working water mills in the country, dating back to the Domesday Book. A fascinating day out for all the family, enjoy looking around the Mill, Museums, Wind Solar and Water Power displays. Enjoy a walk through the Ancient Oak woodlands and...
Mompesson House - Salisbury
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Mompesson House - Salisbury
Elegant and spacious 18th-century house in the Cathedral Close. The house, featured in the award-winning film 'Sense and Sensibility', has magnificent plasterwork, period furniture and a fine oak staircase. Children's trail and activities. Outside, the delightful walled garden has a pergola and traditional herbaceous borders arranged around a...
The Wardrobe Military Museum - Salisbury
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The Wardrobe Military Museum - Salisbury
The Royal Berkshire Regiment, with its Museum in Brock Barracks, Oxford Road, Reading, and The Wiltshire Regiment whose Museum was in Le Marchant Barracks, London Road, Devizes, merged in 1959 to become the Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Regiment. However the 2 Museums continued on their separate sites for a number of years before the...
Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
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Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum
Welcome to Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum You can find Salisbury Museum in the glorious setting of the Cathedral Close. The Museum houses extensive collections relating to the history of Salisbury, and the archaeology of south Wiltshire, including Old Sarum. You will be able to view the popular award-winning Stonehenge Gallery. You can also...
Isle of Wight Bus Museum
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Isle of Wight Bus Museum
The Isle of Wight Bus & Coach Museum was established in 1997 and was originally situated in two IoW Council owned buildings on Newport Quay, later this was reduced to one building and a Museum was created opening to the public during the summer, where a collection of vehicles and associated artefacts grew into an impressive display, to show...

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Bembridge Heritage Centre
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Bembridge Heritage Centre
The Bembridge Heritage Society on the Isle of Wight was formed in 1996 to record and present the rich history and heritage of Bembridge and its surrounding areas. The Centre was once part of the Village School and is located at the rear of what is now the library in the old part of the village. Displays ...
Breamore House and Museum
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Breamore House and Museum
Breamore House and Museum  Life in a typical village like Breamore can be relived in the Breamore Countryside Museum which provides a fascinating insight into the days when a village was self sufficient. There are full size replicas of a farm worker’s cottage before the advent of electricity, a blacksmith’s smithy, a...
Beaulieu - Brockenhurst
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Beaulieu - Brockenhurst
Beaulieu, one of the South of England’s top day visitor attractions, is set in the heart of the New Forest National Park. Beaulieu is a guaranteed great family day out with lots for everyone to enjoy including the world famous National Motor Museum, Palace House, home of the Montagu family, historic Beaulieu Abbey, World of Top Gear and...
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection - Salisbury
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Boscombe Down Aviation Collection - Salisbury
The Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (BDAC) was formally opened by Air Commodore Colin Cruickshanks on 1st April 1999, but was behind the ‘wire’ until it moved to Old Sarum and opened to the public on the 1st of July 2012.  It became a Private Not For Profit Company limited by guarantee in May 2007, and then a registered Charity...
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum - Arreton
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Shipwreck and Maritime Museum - Arreton
Shipwreck Centre & Maritime Experience, including audio visual room showing action films. "Wreck and Rescue" Lifeboat Museum, featuring vintage 1887 "Queen Victoria" pulling/sailing lifeboat and RNLI archive material Smuggling and Fishing displays ...
Brading Roman Villa
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Brading Roman Villa
Brading Roman Villa is one of the finest Romano-British archaeological sites in the UK. Our award-winning Exhibition and Visitor Centre offers a unique insight into Roman life in Britain, from our beautifully preserved mosaic floors to our extensive collection of Roman archaeology, including coins, pottery and tools. Whether you are a family...
Brading The Experience
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Brading The Experience
The original Isle of Wight Wax Works Museum and Animal World was founded by Graham Osborne-Smith and opened in 1965. Today it is still owned by an Islander who has developed this historical and wonderfully interesting attraction into more than just a Wax Works. It now has many exciting ongoing developments, and in particular the huge new extension...
Lilliput Antique Doll and Toy Museum - Brading
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Lilliput Antique Doll and Toy Museum - Brading
This cottage museum was established in Brading in 1974, and was formed from the private doll collection started by the Munday family in 1960. It is acknowledged as being one of the finest and most important collections in Great...
Fort Victoria Country Park - Yarmouth - IOW
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Fort Victoria Country Park - Yarmouth - IOW
Built on the north shore of the Isle of Wight to guard the Solent the remains of Fort Victoria now house a Marine Aquarium, a Sea Bed Archaeology Exhibition, a Planetarium and a Model Railway. The surrounding Country Park offers Seashore and Woodland walks and the site is one of the best vantage points for watching the Solents boats and shipping....
Sunken Secrets - Yarmouth - IOW
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Sunken Secrets - Yarmouth - IOW
Discover a hidden underwater world! Fort Victoria holds a wide range of attractions for a day out but visit the Sunken Secrets exhibition and you can get closer to fascinating underwater finds from around the Solent. From famous shipwrecks to submerged landscapes, there's something for everyone. Stimulate your senses through artefact displays,...
Dinosaur Isle - Sandown
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Dinosaur Isle - Sandown
Dinosaur Isle is is Britain's first purpose built dinosaur museum, and visitor attraction with a large collection of dinosaur and other fossils. Opening times We are open seven days a week. Opening times vary throughout the year April - September 10am to 6pm October 10am to 5pm November - March 10am to 4pm ...
Glory Art Glass - Sandown
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Glory Art Glass - Sandown
From our small studio on the Isle of Wight we make our colourful glass. We also sell most of our glass in the studio so we get to meet the people who buy our glass. Now we are on the web and some of our current work is available for purchase online. Each piece is signed and dated, packed carefully and sent...
The Lightbox - Woking
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The Lightbox - Woking
Whether you’re passionate about the arts and history, want activities and fun, or would just like somewhere quiet to relax and think, you’ll find it all at The Lightbox, Woking's new gallery and museum. FREE entry Opening Times: Tuesday to Saturday: 10.30am - 5.00pm Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm Closed Monday and Bank...
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum - New Milton
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Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum - New Milton
Welcome to the Sammy Miller Museum which many consider houses the finest collection of fully-restored motorcycles in Europe; many of them extremely rare. Sammy Miller was awarded an MBE for Services to Motorcycle Heritage in the 2009 New Years Honours List. We are very pleased to announce a ...
Amberley Museum
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Amberley Museum
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre is a 36 acre site set in the South Downs National Park. Dedicated to the industrial heritage of the South East, exhibits include a narrow-gauge railway and bus service (both provide free nostalgic travel around the site), Connected Earth telecommunications hall, energy electricity hall, printing workshop and...
Nostalgia Toy Museum - Godshill
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Nostalgia Toy Museum - Godshill
The Nostalgia Toy Museum features a large collection of toy cars and lorries by Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Triang and Hornby, as well as other popular toys from days gone by. A lovely trip down memory lane.
Isle of Wight Natural History Centre - Godshill
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Isle of Wight Natural History Centre - Godshill
The Natural History Centre in Godshill is housed in a delightful 17th century Squire's cottage Opened by the BBC in 1965, the entrance to this exciting world has its own fish pond with Koi carp and display fountains School parties welcome, worksheets available
Brighstone Shop and Museum
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Brighstone Shop and Museum
National Trust shop in a row of traditional thatched cottages adjoining the small village museum. Note : nearest toilet in public car park, 100 yards. Opening times Whole property 3 Jan - 21 Apr 11 10 - 1 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa 22 Apr - 27 May 11 10 - 4 Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa...
Brighstone Village Museum
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Brighstone Village Museum
Brighstone Village Museum You find find the museum connected to the Brighstone Community Library, surrounded by pretty thatched cottages. The Brighstone Village Museum is run by the Brighstone Museum Trust and offers historical local insights into the region's past with an evocative tableau and interesting exhibition on village life in the...
Ringwood Town and Country Experience
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Ringwood Town and Country Experience
Ringwood Town & Country Experience is over 30,000 sq ft of exhibitions, including a full size railway station, olde shops, vintage cars and motorcycles. We have a 100 seater function room with stage and dancefloor. Our Tearooms are open for morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea. We also run events and entertainment days and we...
River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames
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River & Rowing Museum - Henley on Thames
Funtime is back! Drive Mr Toad’s car, enjoy a picnic beside his caravan and get creative with our dressing up. Stage your own puppet show with our wildlife characters, have fun in story corner and watch out for daily visits from Mr Toad. Now in two galleries for twice the fun! Event Date: 19 Jul 2014 - 07 Sep 2014 Event Location...
Littlehampton Museum
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Littlehampton Museum
Littlehampton Museum is housed in the impressive Manor House building located in the centre of the town and easily accessible by rail, road and bus.  Home to five permanent galleries and two temporary exhibition spaces, with interactive exhibits and fascinating collections, the museum has something to offer everybody. We...
Alexander Keiller Museum - Avebury
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Alexander Keiller Museum - Avebury
One of the most important prehistoric archaeological collections in Britain, housed in the Stables Gallery, and including many artefacts from the World Heritage Site (WHS) monuments. The admission fee includes access to both the Stables and Barn Galleries. The Barn Gallery (belonging to the National Trust) tells the story of the WHS, its ...
Ventnor Heritage Museum
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Ventnor Heritage Museum
In addition to the items on view in the Exhibition Hall, the Museum houses an extensive Archive of many thousands of items relating to Ventnor and the surrounding area including :- Albums - Artifacts - Auction Catalogues - Books - Brochures - Certificates - Directories Drawings - Engravings - Guides - Letters - Maps - Models - Newspapers -...
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