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Looking to take the kids out but feeling the pinch? Then these free museums in Hampshire are the perfect choice, all family friendly and soft on the purse. Don’t let the idea of a museum put you off. It may seen overwhelming at first (the idea of trying to stop my 3-year-old touching anything brings me out in hives) and a trip to your local playground may feel like a extreme sport at times, museums really are a great place for kids.
Museums are not only a great place for a free family outing but also offer other perks like the chance to explore together, have fun learning about something new and interacting with our past.
14 Free Museums in Hampshire For Families
Come rain or shine, a museum can help keep you all amused and all these are in Hampshire!
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Adjutant General’s Corps Museum
This museum is in the Guard House of Peninsula Barracks in Winchester and is great if your kids are learning about The Second World War. It holds personal accounts of the time plus the Queens own driving permit which is on loan to the museum.
The Adjutant General’s Corps Museum is open all year, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm in May to September.
Andover Museum is a great place for the kids to learn about the prehistoric times all the way through to present day.
Interactive, Andover Museum offers temporary exhibitions and has a coffee shop on site.
Army Medical Services Museum
Open most of the year, the museum hosts the carriage used by Florence Nightingale during her time in the Crimea and details the story of the military and medicine.
Think military ambulances, an Ambulance Train Ward Coach and a WWI Horse Drawn Ambulance.
This museum is free but some of the others do charge an admission cost.
Open all year, Tuesday to Saturday 10.00am to 5pm, the Curtis Museum houses a collection by Dr William Curtis and his associates in the local Mechanics Institute.
The museum covers 100 million years of history and displays include prehistoric tools, Roman pottery reconstruction, Saxon burials, the Battle of Alton 1643 and the notorious tale of Sweet Fanny Adams.
A local museum made for families, Eastleigh Museum takes you back into the past and lets you meet Mr and Mrs Brown, a local locomotive engine driver and his wife.
The displays and exhibitions change regularly with workshops and events always going on. Open all year round, Tuesday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 430pm.
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A former part of Gosport Grammar School, this museum offer temporary exhibits to families that tie in with the national curriculum.
The museum hosts a range of events and shows from local artists and hosts exhibitions from collections held by museums throughout Hampshire.
Gosport Museum is open from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Part of The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, Havant Museum celebrates the history of Havant. Let the kids find out how life was lived in Havant and how the coastline has changed. You can also research your family history, local area or your own specialist subject in their free to use Research Room.
The museum is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm and 10am to 4pm Saturdays.
Portsmouth City Museum and Record Office
Reminiscent of a fairy tale castle, with turrets and pointed roofs, Portsmouth City museum may look like something out of a story but it’s actually a former barracks.
It’s a great place to visit to get an idea of what it was like to live in the city and how things have changed over the years.
It’s open daily from 10am to 530pm.
Royal Armouries Fort Nelson
Open all year round, let your kids run free in this amazing 19 acres of grass ramparts, underground tunnels and views.
Home to the over 350 guns that tell our history through the ages. Live firing takes place every day and professional actors recreate history and are happy to answer any questions you may have! Free guided tours are also available.
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum and Memorial Garden
An interactive museum, learn about the history of the Royal Hampshire Regimen and its regulars, volunteers, militia and territorials. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 3pm on weekends.
Southampton City Art Gallery
Family friendly, the gallery is home to over 3,500 works, ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary video art.
Exhibitions change regularly so there’s always something to do and see. Opening times are Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm and 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.
West End Local History Museum and Heritage Centre
The Old Fire Station Museum contains an extensive and ever growing archive of local material which includes maps, directories, photographs and the history of the local area. Child friendly; let them ask questions and enjoy learning about the area they are growing up in.
Open Saturdays only 10am to 4pm.
The Willis Museum
Open all year round, this is a local working museum with galleries on local archaeology and natural science. Learn more about Basingstoke and the history around you through the ages.
Winchester City Museum
Explore the rich history of Winchester in the three galleries that take you through time. Family friendly, there are loads of hands on activities to keep all ages amused from becoming a detective and solving the museum spotter trail to dressing up as a Roman and finding out what life was really like as a solider back then.
Open times are Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm and 11am to 5pm on Sundays.
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