Experience Hampshire Museums from Home

Bex stood in Jane Austen's kitchen by the fireplace

Experience Hampshire Museums from Home to curate your online adventures and offer some variety to your internet viewing. It’s time to put those viral sea shanties, cat and dance videos down!

I am very guilty of mindless scrolling but, even I have to admit perhaps I’ve watched those ‘Is it too much?’ dog videos yes, a little TOO MUCH!

If you blink and miss an hour or two on social media, here’s a few ways to use your time online a little differently.

A curated collection of online experiences which not only entertain but give your mind and soul some nourishment too.

And, these are all things you can do from the comfort of your own home completely for free.

Experience Hampshire Museum’s From Home

Here’s a selection of Hampshire museum’s from home you can enjoy online.

I’ve divided it up into three categories – heritage, naval, other and international. It’s really highlighted just how many museums we have in Hampshire.

Heritage Museums

Chawton House

Chawton House is the home of early women’s writing and has lots of wonderful online resources to enjoy. The team at Chawton do an excellent job of updating the content regularly. And, keep an eye out for their online storytelling evenings because they are excellent!

Visit the Chawton House Museum website

Jane Austen’s House Museum

Jane Austen’s House Museum is the most treasured Austen site in the world, and her main home is also in Chawton Village.

Visit the Jane Austen’s House Museum website

Gilbert White’s Museum

Gilbert White’s Museum is a house and gardens in Selborne, he famously built the Zig Zag Path over one of the Hampshire Hangers. It’s a great walk, if you don’t live locally give it a try when restrictions have eased. And, in 2020 it was the 300th birthday of Gilbert White.

Visit Gilbert White’s Museum website

Milestone’s Museum

Milestone’s is a living history museum in Basingstoke celebrating Hampshire’s diverse history.

Visit Milestone’s website

Experience Hampshire Museums from Home

Naval Heritage Museums

The National Museum of the Royal Navy

The National Museum of the Royal Navy has museums across the UK but its HQ sits in the historic naval town of Portsmouth. If you’re into naval history, or just perhaps want to learn more it has some great resources online.

Visit the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s website

The Mary Rose Museum

The Mary Rose Museum is the home of the wreck of Henry VIII’s favourite ship.

Visit The Mary Rose website

The Diving Museum

The Diving Museum in Gosport is the only dedicated diving museum in the UK full of quirky artefacts to intrigue young and older minds.

Visit The Diving Museum website

Other places of interest

There’s also a few places that don’t exactly fit the ‘Hampshire Museums from Home’ category exactly. They are variations on traditional museums that preserve historic industrial buildings, landmarks and ruins.

But, these places suggested below all have interesting online offerings for you to discover.

Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill is a carefully looked after as an industrial heritage museum in East Hampshire.

Visit The Whitchurch Silk Mill’s website

Winchester City Mill

Winchester City Mill is looked after by The National Trust and is in the very heart of Winchester City Centre.

Visit Winchester City Mill website

Netley Abbey

Netley Abbey is near Southampton and looked after by English Heritage. It isn’t a museum but instead a set of open ruins and it does have a great audio tour to listen while walking around it or at home.

Visit the Netley Abbey website

Experience Hampshire Museums from Home like the online audio tour for Netley Abbey

International Museums to Experience

Don’t forget there’s plenty of international museums to explore online too…

Here’s 10 international museum’s to explore from your armchair at home, which are all completely free to view.

Hampshire’s Museums From Home

I really hope this post, Experience Hampshire Museums From Home, helps you discover some different things to do online.

It should be a good starting place to find online local experiences and it gives you the link to my post on international museums to explore online too.

Let me know if you’ve got a favourite or a recommendation, local or international, in the comments below.

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