God's House Tower

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God’s House Tower is a distinctive new arts and heritage venue housed in a Grade I scheduled ancient monument in Southampton’s Old Town. Initially built to form the southeastern cornerstone of the town’s medieval defensive walls across its 700-year history the Tower and its surrounding buildings have been used as the town’s gunnery, prison, warehouse, mortuary, and from 1961 to 2011 as Southampton’s Museum of Archaeology.

In 2019 it will reopen to the public after a £3.1million refurbishment project with a permanent exhibition on the Tower’s history, two new art galleries featuring works from prestigious south coast collections, and new contemporary commissions.

It will also be home to a cafe, library, shop and event space.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Heritage site

Opening hours

09:00-18:00 7 days a week

Admission charges

£5 - Tower Exhibition
Free - Art Galleries

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.

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: Introducing Archaeology, Medieval Life, Medieval People Cloths and Accessories, Medieval Crafts and Trade, Medieval Religion and Pastimes, Romans, Saxons and Titanic.

How to obtain

Contact the Administrative Assistant at museums@southampton.gov.uk or telephone 023 8063 5904 for hire conditions, bookings and cost.

Archaeology On-line!


Explore Southampton's Archaeology Collection with the new Archaeology On-line database. Look at over 15,000 objects from the collection.
Use the database at the Museum of Archaeology.


  • Karen Wardley, Duncan Brown, Curators of Archaeology


  • Southampton City Council

Handling Session at School or the Museum

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

How to obtain

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

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.

God's House Tower
Town Quay Road
SO14 2NY






02380 338778

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