SeaCity Museum

Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Open seven days a week 10:00 - 17:00.

Admission charges

Adults: £6
Children under 5: FREE
Concessions (children aged 5-16, students and adults over 60): £4.50
Family (2 adults and 3 children): £18
Group travel (minimum 10 people. Advance booking and payment required): £5 each
Joint ticket for SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden : £9.50, concessions : £7.50
Group admission rate for minimum of 10 visitors is £5 per person (paid in advance) Seniors concessions : £4.50

Annual museum pass available, please enquire at the venue.

Based at the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum tells the story of the people of the city, their fascinating lives and historic connections with Titanic and the sea. Visit SeaCity Museum and Southampton to discover how we bring maritime history to life through an interactive experience designed for all ages.

Collection details

Industry, Maritime, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Titanic
  • Southampton Maritime History
  • Southampton Dock History
  • Temporary Exhibitions
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Visions of the Universe

  • 30 October 2015 — 21 February 2016 *on now

Leave our blue planet on a voyage beyond imagination and discover the beauty abundant in our colossal Universe. Visions of the Universe shows how we have captured images of the heavens over the centuries, from the earliest hand-drawings to photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope and the very latest footage from the Mars Curiosity Rover. Visit our moon, our sun, our near planets and beyond into the far off galaxies of deep space. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.seacitymuseum.co.uk/?page_id=3018

Port Out Southampton Home

Port Out Southampton Home

  • 25 March 2016 — 4 June 2017

In their golden age from the 1920s to the 1950s, ocean liners were the lifeblood of Southampton, bringing employment, industry and glamour to the city. From the early days in the 1890s to modern day cruiseliners, this major exhibition tells the story of these great ships and evokes the romance of sea travel and life on board. The exhibition includes a wide range of rarely seen items from the city’s maritime collection, including ship models, posters, photographs and ephemera from the great liners such as menu cards and souvenirs.

See furniture and other items from some of the famous ships that called Southampton home such as the Mauretania, Queen Mary and QE2, and learn about the people who travelled and worked the oceans aboard these iconic ships through letters, diaries and oral history interviews with passengers and crew.

Visitors of all ages can have a go at activities such as deck quoits, try on a captain’s or steward’s uniform, or find out what was served for a meal in First Class on the Queen Mary.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Please check prices and book here: https://www.arttickets.org.uk/seacity-museum

Website

http://seacitymuseum.co.uk/?page_id=3734

Titanic Commemorative Day

Titanic Commemorative Day

  • 10 April 2016 10am-5pm

On the 104th anniversary of Titanic departing from Southampton, join us for a special day exploring the story of the ill-fated liner. Activities will include children’s storytelling, making crafts and handling objects from the time.

Pre-book tours available: Clock Tower Tours (minimum age 12) and Violet Jessop’s Titanic Tour & Tea. Small charges will apply to activities.

Children FREE ENTRANCE (admission to museum applies for accompanying adults)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Children FREE ENTRANCE (admission to museum applies for accompanying adults)

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.
Rocket fuel

Rocket Fuel!

  • 15 February 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Visit the fantastic Visions of the Universe exhibition and then design and build your own pump-powered rocket. Bring along a 1.5-2ltr sized bottle and we’ll provide the rest!

Session times: 10.30am-12.30 OR 1.30-3.30pm

Suitable for

  • 7-10

Admission

£5. Please pre-book to attend by calling 02380834536.

Maritime Activities

Maritime Archaelogy Activities

  • 16 February 2016 10am-5pm

Come along and become a Maritime Archaeologist for a day. Discover real artefacts from shipwrecks. Have a go with the mini-airlifts, the mini-ROV and the scuba diver kit.

FREE entry (admission to museum applies)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE entry (admission to museum applies)

Toddler Time!

Toddler Time!

  • 18 February — 2 June 2016

Calling all active and curious toddlers! Join us for an exciting story, and have a-go at crafty things! Ages 18months - 4yrs.

Thurs 18 Feb – Space explorers
Thurs 31 March – Pirate adventurers
Thurs 2 June – Fairies and Dragons

Session times: 10.30am-11.30am and 1-2pm.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Admission

£3.75. Please pre-book to attend by calling 02380834536.

Painting the Universe

Painting The Universe

  • 21 February 2016 11am-4pm

Be inspired to make colour studies using pastels in our Visions of the Universe exhibition then develop these using watercolour and collage in the workshop. Explore colour, texture and abstract art while improving your technical skills. Please bring along your own watercolour paints, brushes and paper. With artist Abi Kremer.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£30 Pre-book by calling 02380834536.

Discovery Bus

Discovery Bus

  • 30 March 2016 10am-5pm

The Discovery Bus is the Maritime Archaeology Trust’s mobile facility providing an inspiring cocktail of ancient artefacts and modern technologies. Get a closer look to real artefacts with our electronic microscope and have a go with the mini-airlifts, the mini-ROV and the scuba diver kit. Come on board, discover, look and touch.

FREE entry (admission to museum applies)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

FREE entry (admission to museum applies)

Cruiseliner

Clay Cruise Liners

  • 4 April 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Make fantastic cruise liners inspired by the impressive vessels in our museum, using simple clay sculpting techniques.

Session times: 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30-3.30pm

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

£6. Please pre-book to attend by calling 02380834536.

All Aboard Titanic

All Aboard Titanic

  • 7 April 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Explore the different people on the Titanic and find out what life was like in 1912. This offers the chance to investigate the disaster in an interesting, child-friendly way.

Ages 4-8
Session times: 10.30am-12.30pm OR 1.30-3.30pm

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Admission

£5. Please pre-book to attend by calling 02380834536.

The Gods of Egypt

The Gods of Egypt

  • 8 April 2016 10:30am-3:30pm

Become an Egyptologist by learning hieroglyphics, create your own headdress, handle real artefacts and mummify an orange! All materials included.

Age 5-11yrs

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6

Admission

£6. Please pre-book to attend by calling 02380834536.

Titanic Tour & Tea

Violet Jessop's Titanic Tour & Tea

  • 10 April 2016 2-4pm

Step aboard the Titanic with First Class Stewardess Violet Jessop as she explores the story of the infamous liner through her own incredible life! Afterwards enjoy a lovely pot of tea, a scone with lashings of jam and cream. Admission to the museum is included in this fantastic offer. Please book in advance to avoid disappointment

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£11.50 (inc museum entry). Please pre-book to attend by calling 02380834536.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Oral History Archive

http://www.southampton.gov.uk/leisure/oralhistory/

700 life story interviews with local people including maritime, civilian experience of World War 1 and 2, Asian women and local communities.
5000 related photographic images
Local History publications

Creator

  • Sheila Jemima and Padmini Broomfield

Handling Session at School or the Museum

Handle real museum artefacts with our Education Officer in School or at the Museum. Topics include Romans, Egyptians, Medieval Life and the Titanic.

How to obtain

Contact the Education Officer at museums.education@southampton.gov.uk or telephone 023 8091 5730 for details

Hands on activities using museum objects

Artefacts for use in the classroom. Loans boxes contain around twelve artefacts with accompanting notes and background information.
Themes include Archaeology, Romans, Saxons, Medieval Life, Victorian House and Home, Victorian People, Education, Laundry, Lighting, 1930's, World War 2 and the Titanic.

How to obtain

Contact the administrative assistant at museums@southampton.gov.uk or telephone 023 8063 5904 for conditions of hire, booking and cost.

Teacher Training

INSET service to support use of artefacts in school

How to obtain

Contact the Education Officer at museums.education@southampton.gov.uk or telephone 023 8091 5730 for costs, details and booking

Titanic Voices

http://www.southampton.gov.uk/leisure/oralhistory/page7

Titanic Voices takes you back through time, reliving those events through the the first hand accounts of those who were actually there. Using many perviously unpublished photographs, letters and oral histories, the book traces how the town of Southampton, its people and the TITANIC have been inextricably linked from event before the ship was built to the present day.

Creator

  • Donald Hyslop, Alastair Forsyth and Sheila Jemima

How to obtain

Available from good bookshops, libraries or the museum shop.

SeaCity Museum
Havelock Road
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 7FY
England

Website

www.seacitymuseum.co.uk

E-mail

museums@southampton.gov.uk

Telephone

Museum Direct Dial

023 8083 3007

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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