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Best Museums and Art Galleries In Southampton

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Southampton in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 85 Southampton museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

Find your perfect day out

SeaCity Museum

  • Southampton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At SeaCity Museum there are 2 permanent exhibition galleries available here. The main exhibition area of SeaCity Museum tells the story of the impact...

Tudor House and Garden

  • Southampton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Tudor House and Garden A little trip here gives a unique and atmospheric insight for kids into the lives and times of its residents through the years...

Solent Sky Museum

  • Southampton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Solent Sky Museum depicts the history of aviation in Southampton, the Solent area and Hampshire. There is special focus on the Supermarine aircra...

Beaulieu

  • Brockenhurst
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Make like royalty deep in the heart of the New Forest;  Beaulieu is an award-winning day out packed with motors and a magnificent Palace House. Get s...

Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum

  • Swanwick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bursledon Brickworks were built in 1897 and by the 1930s were producing up to 20 million bricks a year. All the old machinery still exists and is wor...

Classic Boat Museum Cowes

  • East Cowes
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Classic Boat Museum Cowes is a great place to take the kids in any weather. There is a great selection (more than 50!) of power boats, sailing boats,...

St Barbe Museum and Gallery

  • Lymington
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Discover intriguing local history at St Barbe Museum and Gallery. Learn about how historical events shaped this coastal region and do so through plen...

Winchester Discovery Centre

  • Winchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Winchester Discovery Centre is a Library, Theatre, Café, Gallery and Social Space. It offers many things, including family friendly live performances...



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Fort Nelson

  • Fareham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Although a cliche, the phrase "must see" truly applies to Fort Nelsons astonishing collection of different artillery and guns from different time per...

Winchester Science Centre

  • Winchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Welcome to the Winchester Science Centre: one huge activity area exploring the principles of life, the universe and everything! What really sets it a...

Little Woodham Living History Village

  • Gosport
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Little Woodham Living History Village will allow the kids to learn about the past by interacting with ‘villagers' dressed in period costume at this a...

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower

  • Gosport
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower tells the story of naval warfare from the day's gunpowder to modern missiles, the two hour tour of the museu...

Fort Victoria1 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Yarmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Aquariums

Inside the unassuming sounding Fort Victoria is a family adventure waiting to happen, hiding a top Reptilarium, exhibition and an amazing Model Railw...

Sunken Secrets

  • Yarmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Underwater Archaeology Centre now known as Sunken Secrets is one of Fort Victoria's principle attractions, with intriguing exhibits and fascinati...

The Mary Rose

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Set sail over the stormy seas of time and arrive in 1545 at The Mary Rose. It’s a one-of-a-kind museum with immersive exhibitions, audio-visual displ...

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

  • Gosport
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dive into history at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, go onboard the submarines and meet a real submariner to hear his stories about livin...

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

See some of the greatest ships from modern history, learn what life was like beneath the waves or become a ninja warrior, all at Portsmouth Historic...

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum

  • New Milton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum was set up in 1964, after former championship rider Sammy Miller put a few of his old racing motorcycles in the corner...

Portsmouth City Museum5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Portsmouth
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Portsmouth City Museum is a great place for visitors to the city to get a good introduction to the city and also has events programmes for local resi...

Calbourne Water Mill and Rural Museum

  • Calbourne
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Set in 10 acres of scenic rural landscape the Calbourne Water Mill is one of the oldest working water mills in the UK, dating back to the Domesday Bo...

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