There are many museums and exhibitions only a short distance from Bosham
The Weald and Downland Museum (9 miles)
The Weald and Downland Museum is the leading museum of historic buildings in England, designated by the Government for its outstanding collections of national importance. Winner of the Museum of the Year, Community Museum of the Year and national awards for interpretation and education. Set in 50 acres in the heart of the South Downs National Park, this is a very special place to wander amongst a fascinating collection of nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, many with period gardens, together with farm animals, woodland walks and a picturesque lake. http://www.wealddown.co.uk/
The Novium (5.5 miles)
Built on top of the remains of the city’s Roman bathhouse, Chichester’s new museum opened it’s doors for the first time on 8th July 2012. The Novium http://www.thenovium.org/ is home to nearly half a million social history, archaeology and geology artefacts and traces our footprints through history.
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. Visitors will also find a tourist information point and a shop offering unique gifts.
The Southdowns Planetarium (4 miles)
The Southdowns Planetarium gives a fascinating insight into the Sky at Night. A planetarium sky can do things which the real sky does not, or does only very rarely. For example, would you like to see a brilliant comet? HaleBopp of a few years ago was spectacular, but no doubt many people missed it. When will the next comparable comet appear? It may be tomorrow; it may not be for decades. But go to the planetarium and they can show you a comet which will look very like the real thing. Or perhaps you would like to see a brilliant display of aurora, or Polar Lights – or perhaps an eclipse of the Moon? No problem. Then there are the southern stars, such as the clouds of Magellan, the great cluster Omega Centauri, and of course the Southern Cross. All these are waiting for you inside the dome. Enjoy the sky as you would see it from, say, Antarctica, or the hot deserts of Africa. http://www.southdowns.org.uk/
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum (8 miles)
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum was established in 1982 on the old RAF Tangmere airfield. From its beginnings in 1916, through its illustrious service as one of Britain’s front line fighter bases during WW2 and on to its key role as home to the world speed record breaking aircraft of the High Speed Flight in the post war years it has occupied a unique place in aviation history.
The museum contains countless fascinating exhibits. Here you can see priceless historic aircraft such as Neville Duke’s world record breaking Hawker Hunter, actual equipment used by the brave SOE agents who were carried into occupied France on ‘black Lysander’ flights from Tangmere, flight simulators where you can try your hand at flying, a full sized replica of the very first Spitfire prototype and more. Much more. http://www.tangmere-museum.org.uk/
The Royal Marines Museum (15 miles)
The Royal Marines Museum, situated on the seafront at Southsea, Portsmouth, celebrates the famous fighting spirit and long history of the Royal Marines. Immerse yourself in what the Museum has to offer; explore the exhibits, enjoy our interactive displays and films, and see how the Royal Marines have developed into the world-renowned elite fighting force of today… http://www.royalmarinesmuseum.co.uk/
Blue Reef Aquarium (16 miles)
The Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth is part of an exciting new generation of aquarium attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Their displays take you on an undersea tour; from the British coastline to faraway tropical reefs and lots more in between. During your visit, you’ll come face to face with incredible sealife with everything from giant crabs and lobsters to seahorses and tropical sharks and you’ll get a chance to find out more about these creatures’ amazing lives in over 40 naturally recreated displays. Blue Reef is one of the UK’s leading aquariums with a commitment to providing education about the marine environment but in a fun and entertaining way. Our aim is to highlight some of the natural wonders of the underwater world and help explain why it’s so vitally important to look after them. http://www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/
Amberley Museum (18 miles)
Museum is a 36 acre open-air site dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south-east. Aided by volunteers, the Museum contains a wide range of exhibits, from transport-based collections, such as the Southdown bus collection and the village garage, to industry-based collections, such as the Print Workshop and Wheelwrights. The Museum is also home to a number of resident craftspeople, who work to traditional methods. http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/index.htm
The Submarine Museum (22 miles)
A visit to the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Hampshire allows the visitor to dive into history and go onboard a WWII submarine – HMS Alliance with a veteran submariner to hear his stories about living beneath the waves. Peer into the only surviving WW2 midget submarine and climb inside the Royal Navys first submarine Holland 1 . Play at being a submarine commander in our interactive galleries and relax in our great coffee shop overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. http://www.submarine-museum.co.uk/