The Novium

The Novium
Tower Street
West Sussex
PO19 1QH




01243 775888


01243 776766

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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.

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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 5 days a week

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

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

The Novium is fully accessible for all wheel chair users.

Admission charges

Adult: £7.00
Concession (disabled, seniors 60+, unemployed, students with a valid ID): £6.00
Youth (4-15): £2.50
Family (2 adults, 2 youths): £16.50
Adult groups (4 or more adults, per person): £6.50

Annual Ticket - Adult: £17.50
Annual Ticket - Youth: £6.25
Annual Ticket - Concession (disabled, seniors 60+, unemployed, students with valid IDs): £15.00
Annual Ticket - Family (2 adults, 2 youth): £42.00

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.

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.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
WW1 Exhibition

First World War Centenary Exhibition Opens

  • 7 April — 31 December 2014 *on now

Explore the Bravery, Creativity, Joy and Sorrow of WW1 and it's impact on Chichester. Interactive exhibition with lots of hands on activities including first aid WW1 style and testing out a German Picklehaube.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Photograph of woman with a letter

Letters from the Trenches to Shippams

  • 16 April 2014 6:30-8pm *on now

As part of the WW1 commemorations join Professor Keith Grieves to hear about fascinating correspondence from the front line between Shippams employees.
With Q and A. Tickets £8 Please book in advance.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


Tickets £8.00.


Cardboard Constructions

  • 17 April 2014 10am-2pm

Build with boxes and make art inspired by the museum. 1-day workshop.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children


£8 per child (8-11 year olds). Booking essential.


Tudor Musician

  • 6 May 2014 6-7pm

Sounds of the past played on replica Tudor instruments.

Suitable for

  • Any age



Sleeping in front of a Roman gravestone

Sleepover at The Novium Museum

  • 16 — 17 May 2014 7:15pm-8:30am

Bring your sleeping bag and get ready to snuggle down next to a skeleton for the night.

Sleepover in the museum beside your favourite object and see if they really do come alive when the lights go out. Packed full of activities making, story telling, torch-lit tour and a team challenge plus a late night feast!

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13


£15 per person - 1 Adult to 3 children maximum

Creative Writing Workshop

  • 12 July 2014 10am-12pm

use objects belonging to people during World War 1 to inspire your writing in partnership with West Sussex County Council library.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£10. Book at or call 01243 816595

Gas Mask

Momentoes: Poetry from World War One

  • 12 July 2014 10am-12:30pm

Creative Writing Workshop exploring the theme of World War One using objects from the museum's collection. Taking inspiration from local stories, letters and personal artifacts from the time. A local poet will lead the workshop.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17


£10.00 per person includes access to the museum.

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.