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.
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!
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.
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.
- View the Gilbert White’s 300th Birthday online festival celebration videos
- Do the Gilbert White’s virtual tour
- Click the ‘House and Garden’ tab to learn more about the estate – you can even flick through Gilbert White’s orginal manuscript
- Download scavenger hunts and things to do for all ages from the Gilbert White’s educational pages
Milestone’s is a living history museum in Basingstoke celebrating Hampshire’s diverse history.
- Head to Milestone’s Culture on Call, part of the Hampshire Cultural Trust website for interesting articles, online exhibitions and activities.
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.
The Mary Rose Museum
The Mary Rose Museum is the home of the wreck of Henry VIII’s favourite ship.
- Tour the Mary Rose Museum virtually
- View the ship’s artefacts online
- Enjoy various crafty makes with Things to make and do to help keep the children busy
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.
- View the collections of The Diving Museum
- Read The Diving Museum Blog
- Entertain the children with the Kid’s Zone
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.
- The Whitchurch Silk Mill has an entire page dedicated to online exhibitions, blogs, video and activities that let you enjoy the museum from home.
Winchester City Mill
Winchester City Mill is looked after by The National Trust and is in the very heart of Winchester City Centre.
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.
International Museums to Experience
Don’t forget there’s plenty of international museums to explore online too…
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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