In the City Museum, three galleries tell the story of Winchester's past from its origins as a prehistoric trading centre and Roman regional capital, pre-eminence as a principal city in the Anglo-Norman kingdom, development and decline in the Middle Ages, through to modern times. Features include mosaics and dioramas showing Winchester at different stages throughout history. Why not start your visit to the museum with the Winchester Model, a breathtaking scale model of the city in Victorian times.
Plenty of hands-on activities for families. Have a go sorting artefacts like an archaeologist. Make a small brass rubbing. Colour in your own Anglo-Saxon pot design. See if you can spot all the faces or all the objects in the children's quizzes. Try on all sorts of period costumes and see what you'd look like as a Roman, a Saxon, a Victorian gent or an Edwardian lady. Take a look at the children's guide and see what there is for under-5s. All free! Bring your camera.
The gift shop stocks an interesting selection of local Hampshire Fare produce, nostalgic gifts and history themed souvenirs of Winchester.
Winchester City Museum is operated and funded by Hampshire Cultural Trust. This independent charity champions world-class culture and exists to showcase, connect and empower Hampshire’s creative economy.