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The Novium

4.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)
  • Chichester
  • Indoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Museums and Art Galleries, Tourist Attractions

Attraction Information

The Novium, built around the remains of a Roman bathhouse, is Chichester District's museum and tourist information centre, and will take you on a journey across time, covering over 500,000 years of history!

When you visit, you will be able to see the archaeological site of the Bathhouse, and watch a short film showing how the baths might have been used. The baths were a massive complex, and the remains about one of the most significant Roman finds in Chichester! A number of iconic Roman objects are also on display, including a piece of the monumental Roman sculpture called the ‘Bosham Head'.

The first floor holds temporary exhibitions displayed in a huge cube case, and a small reference library documenting the archaeology of the city, which you are welcome to use. The second floor focuses on human emotion and personal experience, with objects grouped by theme to inspire conversation, and the top floor of the museum provides stunning views of the cathedral and bell tower.

The Novium is free to visit, and has a number of interactive displays for families to enjoy, such as magnet mosaics, trying on helmets, and lots of interactive drawers with surprises inside. Free additional drop in craft activities run at during holidays and weekends, plus regular booked children's craft workshops during holidays.

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Opening hours

April - September 
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

September - March
Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 17:00


Free admission

Travel & Contact Information


Tower Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1QH, England

Phone number

01243 775888



Click here to visit The Novium's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking nearby.

Yes, there are toilets, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.

Yes, there are baby changing facilities.

The Novium has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Yes, snacks are available.

Yes, The Novium is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Yes, The Novium have stated they are pushchair friendly.

The Novium has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop


Great for kids 5 out of 5 stars

Very kid-friendly and fun. The Roman part has dressing up and some puzzles and toys. The Tim Peake exhibition is just... WOW! So much to do and interact with and brilliant for adults too. Best bit? It's FREE!


Great Museum - really interesting & kid friendly 4 out of 5 stars

Having recently moved to the area, I though I'd check out the local museums, and the Novium is unexpectedly really good! Lots of interesting local history from the Romans through to Tim Peake (the local astronaut :) via the Norman Conquest, Piracy and WWII. There are even some bronze age remains & artefacts. But the other major plus is that the museum has made a great effort to be kids-friendly. My five year old had a great time dressing up, playing with various toys, listening to audio narrations and trying on roman helmets. The only thing missing was a mirror to see the results!

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