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Museums

South East England has a great variety of facinating museums to discover. From entering the world of Charles Dickens, to experiencing life in the Royal Navy, there is plenty to learn and experience together. Here is a selection of some of the fantastic museums in South East England:

Aldershot Military Museum

The museum tells the story of the home of the British Army from 1854 to the present day, as well as the local history of Aldershot and Farnborough. From the Victorian Soldier to National Service, the museum uses photographs, models, displays and ‘hands on’ activities to give an insight into a soldier’s domestic and military life.

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Dive into history with 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 a food store and cinema.

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Royal Armories Museum

Fort Nelson is home to the Royal Armouries national collection of artillery - the Big Guns.This unique Victorian Fort has undergone a £3.5m redevelopment to create a museum fit for the 21st Centrury.Highlights include a breathtaking new glass-sided gallery, The Voice of the Guns and a brand new visitor centre.

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Royal Marines Museum

Explore the fascinating history of the Royal Marines. Take a walk through history from 1664 and learn about the lives of the extraordinary people who have become Royal Marines. Follow a recruit through training and on to deployment around the world, then creep through the jungle, marvel at the medal collection and take a trip down memory lane in our WW2 home front kitchen. Finish your day in our award winning café The Quartermaster’s Kitchen and our Museum shop and enjoy our seafront location.

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Museum of Army Flying

 

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 machines. The Museum gives a fascinating and imaginative glimpse of “soldiers in the air” and life at the home front.

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Horse Power Museum

HorsePower, the Museum of The King’s Royal Hussars

Visit Horse Power, the Museum of The King’s Royal Hussars, with its stunning displays of life size models, inter-active exhibits, medals, swords, magnificent uniforms and fascinating photographs which show how the Cavalry of horse and sabre developed into the modern armoured regiment of today.

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RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial

RAF Manston Spitfire & Hurricane Memorial Museum

Battle of Britain Memorial Museum. Two fine examples of the legendary Spitfire and Hurricane fighter aircraft on display in the memorial building on the former site of RAF Manston. There are hundreds of artefacts to be viewed with particular displays relating to the Dambusters and the Channel Dash. The Battle of Britain Tapestry and the Allied Aircrew Memorial can also be seen and an Allied Forces Memorial Garden has been opened.

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Beaulieu National Motor Musuem

The motor vehicle collection in the National Motor Museum remains one of Beaulieu’s most famous attractions with more than 250 on show from the earliest examples of motoring and family cars of the 30s and 40s through to classic cars of the 70s and 80s and rare motoring oddities such as a giant orange on wheels. A new exhibition in the National Motor Museum is BOND IN MOTION, which runsfor 2012 only. BOND IN MOTION is the largest official collection of original JamesBond vehicles. The exhibition showcases 50 of the best loved and most iconic James Bond vehicles in celebration of the 50th year of James Bond films.

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Royal Engineers Museum, Chatham

Royal Engineers Museum Chatham

You will find something for all the family in Kent's only designated museum. Exhibits of national and international are housed in the museum's galleries, which tells the story of Britain's explosive military history from the 1700s as well as the more local history of the Medway area which Royal Engineers have been involved with since the time of William the Conqueror.

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Medway, Kent

Historically, Medway has a lot to boast about – and rightly so! Though it is home to a number of historical buildings and artefacts, it is most famous for its ties with Charles Dickens.  A childhood playground to Dickens, the historic city of Rochester in particular was such an inspiration for him, that he featured the city in his work more than any other city besides London. Many of the historic buildings around Rochester are marked with plaques, detailing their importance in Dickens’ novels; take a stroll through Rochester and walk through the pages of Dickens’ world.

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History Revealed

Calling all history buffs! There is a fascinating history surrounding Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. If you’re interested in learning about it and why it is still so important to us today, you’ll be happy to learn that History Revealed has made it easier to find the resources necessary to help you in this venture. Highlighting a multitude of captivating and educational venues across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, including museums in Winchester, Southampton and Sandown (to name a few), history is at your fingertips. Whether you’re curious about the age of the dinosaurs, or fascinated by war history, there are museums spread across the region to suit your interests.

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Portsmouth City Museum

Image of Portsmouth City Museum, Hampshire

The City is the museum of and for the people of Portsmouth, and tells the story of the city. The museums is home to the exciting  ‘A Study in Sherlock: Uncovering The Arthur Conan Doyle Collection’ exhibition.

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Guildhall Museum

Image of exhibit in the Guildhall Museum, Kent

Colourful and informative in the Guildhall Museum in Rochester displays record more than 250,000 years of Medway history, including exhibits on the life and times of Charles Dickens.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Couple standing outside HMS Victory at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Trace the footsteps of those who have played their part in over 800 years of maritime history and who made Britain the leading naval power in the world. Discover more about Admiral Lord Nelson, Henry VIII, World War veterans and Portsmouth dockyard workers. Learn about life on board three of the world’s most famous warships ever built, HMS Victory, HMS Warrior 1860 and the Mary Rose, see, touch and smell the history of the Royal Navy at one of the UK’s leading maritime museums the Royal Naval Museum and complete the story by testing your own skill, bravery and brain power on the action-packed high seas adventure that is Action Stations.

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Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Set across 36 acres in the South Downs National Park, Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre aims to bring you back into South East England’s Industrial era. The museum is full of interactive fun, featuring real running exhibits including a narrow-gauge railway and bus service, which will cart you around the museum on a nostalgic journey back in time. Also home to traditional crafts people, you’ll really feel as if you’re in the midst of another day and age, as you watch blacksmiths, potters and stained glass makers hard at work.

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Other Museums in the South East

For more museums, have a look at our interactive guide produced with Time Out. For a full list of museums across the South East region, please visit our official guide to South East England.