The Classic Boat Museum (< 1 mile)
The Classic Boat Museum
A fascinating boat museum that covers over a century of maritime history. Lots of boats and displays to see. A good all weather attraction for the kids.
Isle of Wight Bus Museum (4 miles)
Isle of Wight Bus Museum
The history of IOW buses in glorious detail with loads of antique vehicles to look at and rides to be had! Loads of information provided on each vehicle, lots of interesting memorabilia and you can have a good snout around on the quirky old buses too and pretend you're grandad!
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum (6 miles)
Shipwreck and Maritime Museum
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
Royal Navy Submarine Museum (8 miles)
Royal Navy Submarine Museum
Dive into history and go onboard our submarines with a submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine, climb inside the Royal Navy’s first submarine Holland 1 and relax in our harbour side coffee shop.
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower (8 miles)
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower
Explosion! the Museum of Naval Firepower, is a hands on, interactive Museum set in the historic setting of a former gunpowder and munitions depot at Priddy's Hard, on the Gosport side of Portsmouth Harbour.
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum (9 miles)
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum
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. We have outdoor and indoor areas with lots of hands on activities.
Portsmouth City Museum (9 miles)
Portsmouth City Museum
Explore different aspects of Portsmouth’s rich and varied history in this informative and well laid out free museum. A good introduction to the city in a really cool building.
D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery (9 miles)
D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery
was established in 1984 to tell the story of Operation Overlord from its origins in the dark days of 1940 to victory in Normandy in 1944 with evocative multi media and sensory exhibits.
D Day Museum (9 miles)
D Day Museum
The only museum in Britain that is solely dedicated to covering all aspects of the D Day landings. Kids aged 17 and under get in free when accompanied by an adult.
Nostalgia Toy Museum (9 miles)
Nostalgia Toy Museum
An excellent collection of toy cars and lorries by Dinky, Corgi, Matchbox, Triang and Hornby. Recently added is a large display of 'Star Wars' toys from 1977-1985.
Brighstone Village Museum (9 miles)
Brighstone Village Museum
Offers a local history showcase tableau and some interesting exhibition on village life in the 19th century. A picturesque setting ideal for a family stroll afterwards!
Portsmouth Natural History Museum (10 miles)
Portsmouth Natural History Museum
The museum tells the story of the wild things of the riverbank, marshes, woods and urban areas of Portsmouth. Many live exhibits including butterfly house.
Bembridge Heritage Centre (10 miles)
Bembridge Heritage Centre
Displays cover much of Bembridge’s early history, not only in photographs, paintings, maps and written descriptions but also through the many donated artefacts and medals. Hugely educational!
Solent Sky Museum (11 miles)
Solent Sky Museum
A terrific range of aircraft and related artefacts, with special focus on the Supermarine aircraft company, based in Southampton, and its most famous products, the Supermarine S.6 seaplane and the Supermarine Spitfire.
Royal Marines Museum (11 miles)
Royal Marines Museum
A museum exploring the history of the Royal Marines since their creation in 1664 to present day. Family events held during school holidays. Free entry for kids under 5 years of age.
Sunken Secrets (11 miles)
A centre where you can discover the wonders of Maritime history and archeology through artefact displays, videos, interactive games and activities.
SeaCity Museum (11 miles)
A traditionally historical and educational museum experience, no kids' features so best for older types but a wealth of information supporting local maritime heritage and some outdoor trails to back it up.
Ventnor Heritage Museum (12 miles)
Ventnor Heritage Museum
A small museum detailing the historic life of Ventnor with displays and exhibits that are changed yearly. There are also models of Ventnor Railway and various publications for sale.
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum (17 miles)
Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum
This spectacular motorcycle museum houses over 350 rare and classic motorcycles, many being the only remaining examples in the World.
Winchester Science Centre (21 miles)
Winchester Science Centre
The all-weather family attraction featuring a Science Centre with 100 hands-on exhibits (big science toys really) and the UK's largest capacity Planetarium. So big you will feel like you are floating through space. Watch out you don't get sucked into a Black Hole!
Winchester Discovery Centre (21 miles)
Winchester Discovery Centre
Gallery, Theatre, Library and Social space with family oriented exhibitions, activities, performances and space to browse.
Bournemouth Aviation Museum (24 miles)
Bournemouth Aviation Museum
What kid wouldn't want to sit at the controls of a real aircraft! Well here we have a fab lot of military and civilian planes. Loads of other flying exhibits including a collection of model aircraft and an area for picnics close to the main runway plus new aviation trail.
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum (26 miles)
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum
Here you can see priceless historic aircraft such as Neville Duke's world record breaking Hawker Hunter, flight simulators where you can try your hand at flying, a full sized replica of the very first Spitfire prototype and more. Much more!
Breamore House and Museum (26 miles)
Breamore House and Museum
A living museum which provides a fascinating insight into the days when a village was self sufficient, with full size replicas of period buildings and craft equipment. Plus big adventure playground which also boasts The Great British Maze!
Bognor Museum (27 miles)
All things Bognor, with almost every aspect of Bognor’s history is represented, from rocks and fossils millions of years old to the Ron Simpson Wireless Collection. Free admission.
Museum of Army Flying (30 miles)
Museum of Army Flying
Is home to an amazing collection of army aviation history including over 40 different aircraft. The Museum has a range of interactive displays, simulators and trails for children and big kids can enjoy.
Curtis Museum (30 miles)
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.
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum (31 miles)
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum
Offering interactive galleries and workshops for children, the Museum provides entertainment and an educational experience for children of all ages.
The Wardrobe Military Museum (31 miles)
The Wardrobe Military Museum
A firmly educational stop best for over 8s, with collection and archives relating to the Infantry Regiments of Berkshire and Wiltshire from 1748 to the current regiment, The Rifles.
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection (32 miles)
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
is a collection of historic fast jets and planes from MOD Boscombe Down. Lots of Jet Cockpits to get into, some powered, including Jaguar, Hawk and Harrier jets. Hear engine noise and air traffic control. Model aircraft and WW2 Display.
Andover Museum (32 miles)
Discover permanent exhibitions from prehistoric times to the present day with lots to fire the imagination and with temporary exhibitions, including art, craft, photography, history plus a cafe and childrens activities.
Museum of the Iron Age (32 miles)
Museum of the Iron Age
Museum with reconstructions of life in the Iron Age plus links to Danebury Hill Fort which is well worth a visit as well.
Littlehampton Museum (33 miles)
A popular family attraction packed full of social history, inspiring art and fun interactive gadgets for all ages. Discover how Romans lived, learn about dramatic shipwrecks or enjoy one of our family friendly events! Group visits are welcomed, along with schools studying a wide range of topics, just contact...
Amberley Working Museum (34 miles)
Amberley Working Museum
contains a wide range of exhibits, ranging from transported-based collections, such as the Southdown bus collection and the village garage, to industry based collections, also has narrow gauge train running round the site.
Milestones - Living History Museum (36 miles)
Milestones - 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!
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery (40 miles)
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Family friendly museum with lots to see including costumes, toys, a Victorian childrens nursery and lots of workshops and activities for families.
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery (42 miles)
Gloucester City Museum and Art Gallery
Among the spectacular collection are archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts and natural history specimens representing Gloucesterâs rich heritage.
The Tank Museum (42 miles)
The Tank Museum
Houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting Vehicles from unique World War 1 tanks onwards. The Museum has a collection of almost 300 vehicles from over 26 countries.
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust (43 miles)
Farnborough Air Sciences Trust
Museum dedicated to aviation heritage and the areas significant contribution to air science and research with interactive exhibitions and a kids corner.
Gold Hill Museum and Garden (43 miles)
Gold Hill Museum and Garden
Local life and history are portrayed here through artifacts, costume, photos, ceramics, tools, domestic items and the town’s first fire engine. Plus award winning garden.
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery (47 miles)
Horsham Museum and Art Gallery
Museum telling the history of Horsham through a series of exhibitions and collections that changes throughout the year. A good little all weather attraction that is free to visit.
REME Museum of Technology (48 miles)
REME Museum of Technology
Home of the Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers with lots of army related exhibitions and activities inside and out.
Hove Museum and Art Gallery (49 miles)
Hove Museum and Art Gallery
one of the most family friendly and accessible museums in the south east with an unusual Indian gateway in its grounds. It houses one of the finest craft collections in the country plus the Wizard's Attic!
The Look Out Discovery Centre (50 miles)
The Look Out Discovery Centre
Has over 90 hands-on science and nature activities, fun for everyone! Leave your shadow on the wall, make a mini animation, dam up "The Stream" and much more! Plus, a fantastic adventure play area, coffee and gift shops and 1000 hectares of Crown Estate woodland.
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology (50 miles)
The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology
The museum's 2000 objects include an exciting collection of Egyptian antiquities, including a funeral boat and a mummified cat's head! They also have exciting family events running during school holidays.
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum (50 miles)
Dorset Teddy Bear Museum
Visit Edward Bear and his family of people sized bears, in loveable Teddy Bear House! It's really just bears… but there are LOADS AND LOADS of them!
Reading Museum (50 miles)
Reading Museum Service offers learning experiences that are fun and suitable for all the family. From the serious student to the youngest child, all levels are catered for. We offer opportunities for both formal and informal learning including the chance to handle real objects.
Dinosaur Museum (50 miles)
Britain's only museum solely devoted to dinosaurs and their fascinating world.Actual fossils, skeletons, and life size dinosaur reconstructions combine with audio visual, hands on, computer and CD-ROM displays to excite, enthral, and entertain the visitor.
The Lightbox (50 miles)
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 gallery and museum. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in...
The Tutankhamun Exhibition (50 miles)
The Tutankhamun Exhibition
Meticulously recreated chambers and treasures (plus the genuine articles too) provide a thrilling historical experience akin to discovering the tomb yourselves!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Museums and Galleries near East Cowes with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
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