The Novium

Exterior view of The Novium

The Novium offers intriguing stories from Chichester District connected with extraordinary artefacts in a brand new, state-of-the-art building.

Alongside the commitment to preserve our rich local heritage, The Novium also provides visitors with a glimpse into the past 500,000 years.

Set in the heart of Chichester, The Novium features exciting exhibitions, dynamic events, interactive activities for all ages, and an award-winning learning programme.

The Novium has been purpose built to show the remains of a Roman bath house, which are now uncovered for visitors to see for the first time. But the Roman baths are just one of the many wow factors you will see! Look out for our curiosities case and giant cube case full of treasures from the district. Admire the Chilgrove Mosaic, which dates back to the fourth century AD. And don't miss the Jupiter Stone, a Roman sculpture base dedicated to the god Jupiter from the third century AD.

On the second floor you can stop to take in the breath-taking views of the cathedral. You can also 'touch the view' with chimney pots and cathedral stonework placed near the window.

Explore our interactive second floor gallery where you can search through drawers for interesting finds, try on a Roman helmet, and even make your own mosaic!

Visitors will also find a tourist information centre and a shop offering unique, green and locally made gifts.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Summer (April to October)
Open 7 days a week (including Bank Holidays 10:00 - 16:00)

10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday
10:00 - 16:00 Sunday

Winter (November to March)
Open 6 days a week

10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

The Novium is fully accessible for all wheel chair users.

Admission charges

Free admission

Become a Friend of the Novium Museum -
Named Adults (16+) - £15
Named Young Friends (8-15 years) - £5.50
Named Concessions (Seniors 60+ years, students, unemployed, disabled (proof of status required) - £12
Family - Two named adults plus their children - £30
Corporate/other organisations - up to ten directors/employees - £125

Getting there

A two-minute walk from Chichester Cathedral, The Novium is located in the city centre on Tower Street directly opposite the library.

It is a 15 minute walk from both Chichester bus and train stations.

The nearest car park is Orchard Street Car Park.

Additional info

The Novium has a large lift and is fully accessible for wheel chair users and visitors with disabilities. There is also a wheel chair available to use while visiting the museum.

A portable hearing loop is available upon request at Reception. Registered guide dogs are permitted in the museum. Baby changing facilities are also available.

With three floors of exhibition space, The Novium also has a dedicated learning space - the Woolstaplers Room - and offers an award-winning learning programme.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Yinka Shonibare MBE

24 hour Inventive Factory

  • 29 — 30 October 2015 4pm

The museum will become an Inventive Factory for a whole 24 hours! A mini festival, involving musicians, artists and performers, who will be creating magical experiences throughout the event. Visitors are invited to join in with the Inventive Factory by helping to create artwork.

The Novium museum was lucky enough to win the Connect! Museums at Night competition connecting international contemporary artists with museums. Yinka Shonibare MBE will be launching the event and work creatively as part of the Inventive Factory.

For more details about the event and a Inventive Factory Shift timetable visit www.thenovium.org

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£5 per person for Launch Shift 16:00 - 22:00 Friday 29 October
All other shifts are free
Graveyard Shift (+18 years only) - 22:00 - 06:00
Early Risers (family friendly content) 06:00 - 10:00
End of the Line Shift (family friendly content) 10:00 - 16:00

Getting there

A two-minute walk from Chichester Cathedral, The Novium is located in the city centre on Tower Street directly opposite the library.

It is a 15 minute walk from both Chichester bus and train stations.

The nearest car park is Orchard Street Car Park.

The Novium
Tower Street
Chichester
West Sussex
PO19 1QH
England

Website

www.thenovium.org

E-mail

thenovium@chichester.gov.uk

Telephone

01243 775888

Fax

01243 775888

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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