City Museum

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New displays bring to life Winchester's nationally important story, using the city's rich archaeological and local history collections. Winchester was a major Roman centre, Venta Belgarum, as shown by the many mosaics on view, and became the principal city of King Alfred and later Anglo-Saxon and Norman kings. The story continues through the centuries with Winchester's revival as a fashionable county town in the eighteenth century and the emergence of Winchester's first hospital. Jane Austen's connections with Winchester are also represented. Reconstructed Victorian & Edwardian High Street shops and displays illustrating the growth of tourism are reminders of Winchester's modern roles. Hand-on activities and quizzes for children.

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Opening hours

April - October
Mon-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1200-1700
Closed Mon
Tues-Sat 1000-1600
Sun 1200-1600

Admission charges

Free Admission

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Medicine, Personalities, Photography, Social History, Trade and Commerce

City Museum
The Square
SO23 9ES




City Museum

01962 863 064

Winchester City Council

01962 840 222

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