Eastleigh Museum will close its doors to the public from Friday 1 April. Hampshire Cultural Trust is in discussions with both Eastleigh Borough Council and Hampshire County Council regarding the long-term future of the museum. Find out more or read our FAQs.

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Take a tour through Eastleigh’s past and discover what town life was like in the 1930s. Housed in the old Salvation Army Citadel, explore Eastleigh’s history as an epicentre of railway development.

In 1884, the London and South Western Railway company decided to build a wagon and carriage works at Eastleigh, leading to a huge boom in the town’s industry. Through the museum exhibits, explore how the railway led to massive growth in the area.

There is always something new to see at the museum, with a regularly changing programme of special exhibitions, workshops, talks, events and fun, family-friendly activities.

Things to do

  • Meet Mr and Mrs Brown, a local locomotive engine driver and his wife, and discover how they lived
  • Explore interactive activities with a regular seasonal museum trail and special family games and challenges to get you looking at the collections in a very different way
  • Enjoy a variety of tea, coffee, biscuits and cakes at the Whistle Stop Café, a calm and cosy space where you can relax away from the bustle of the high street.
  • Browse a range of items about the history of the Eastleigh area, including books, greetings cards and railway and flying themed items

Your visit

Accessibility

All areas of the museum are accessible to disabled visitors. Guide dogs are permitted inside the museum and there are facilities for hearing impaired visitors. An accessible toilet is available.

Group and school visits

To arrange a group booking please call 023 8064 3026.

 

Eastleigh Museum welcomes young visitors to study our permanent display of Eastleigh in the 1930s, which includes room sets and a range of local artefacts. You can also visit our regular changing exhibitions in the special exhibitions gallery. Our special exhibitions often have specific opportunities for schools.

Our town in the past KS1 and KS2

To support Local History Studies we offer a two hour led session giving young historians the chance to explore Eastleigh in the past through a range of historic sources including maps, objects donated by residents of the town, documents and photographs.

Activities include sorting images, identifying changes on the maps, handling and drawing artefacts and matching them to people from the town's past and solving puzzles using census returns. KS1 swap the census activity for a study of the room sets to cover changes in living memory and they also get a timeline introduction and dressing-up opportunities. Both sessions cover the impact of the coming of the railway and would work well if that is the theme of your topic.

For more information on led sessions, please contact emma.banks@hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk

Self-led sessions

You are welcome to bring a class of up to 34 pupils for a free, self-led museum visit. Please call Eastleigh Museum directly to check availability and confirm your booking on 023 8064 3026

How to get here

By car: take J13 of the M3 or J5 of the M27 and follow signs for the town centre. Parking is available in several surface car parks or in the Swan Shopping Centre. For satnavs or route planning, the postcode is SO50 5LF.

By train: the museum is within walking distance of Eastleigh train station. Follow signs for the shopping centre and the bus station; at the bus station, follow signs for the Point. At the statue of the Railway Man, turn left into the high street.

By bus: Eastleigh bus station is a five minute walk from the museum. Follow signs for the Point and at the statue of the Railway Man, turn left into the high street. The museum is half way down the high street on the right hand side.

Café

Drinks and snacks are available from our café.

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