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Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex
Weald and Downland Museum © Hugh Chevallier (cc-by-sa/2.0)

1. Weald and Downland Museum

Based near Chichester in West Sussex, go here to discover the traditional rural buildings from the 14th century onwards, set in a beautiful landscape and learn all about the social history and stories of people who worked in them. www.wealddown.co.uk

Weald and Downland Museum, West Sussex
Weald and Downland Museum © Hugh Chevallier (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Amberley Museum, West Sussex
Bus at Amberley Museum © Peter Trimming (cc-by-sa/2.0)

2. Amberley Museum

Set in a 36 acre site in the South Downs, this is a lovely place to stroll around, learn from a wide range of exhibits. You can also see a variety of crafts displayed through out the day, and ride the narrow gauge railway or bus. www.amberleymuseum.co.uk

3. The Observatory Science Centre

Fun for all ages, go and try the hands-on science experiments provided. Set in a beautiful countryside setting, inside the astronomical domes are telescopes with a fascinating history to learn about. www.the-observatory.org

The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham, West Sussex
The Observatory Science Centre, Hailsham © Paul Gillett (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Newhaven Fort, East Sussex
Newhaven Fort © Paul Gillett (cc-by-sa/2.0)

4. Newhaven Fort

Walk around this well set out museum, and uncover the story of the fort. The 10- acre site is nice to walk around, to get some exercise and learn at the same time. There’s even an outdoor adventure play area for the kids. www.newhavenfort.org.uk

5. Shipwreck Museum

Set in the historic Old Town of Hastings, East Sussex, this museum has many artefacts from ships wrecked in the English Channel. Why not visit this place to learn interesting facts with local relevance – plus it’s free entry! www.shipwreckmuseum.co.uk

Shipwreck Museum, Hastings, East Sussex
Shipwreck Museum, Hastings © N Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Selsey Lifeboat Station, West Sussex
Selsey Lifeboat Station (c) www.selseylifeboats.co.uk

6. Selsey Lifeboat Station

With a new modern building with full disabled access, you can come here to see the lifeboats in person, and talk to volunteers and find out all about the amazing work they do saving lives at sea. www.selseylifeboats.co.uk

7. South Downs Planetarium

If you’re interested in the stars and space, why not pay this lovely volunteer-run planetarium in Chichester a visit? You can see a star show, listen to an interesting talk and learn how to identify different planets in the sky. www.southdowns.org.uk

Outer space, South Downs Observatory, Chichester, West Sussex
South Downs Observatory
The Novium Museum, Chichester, West Sussex
The Novium Museum, Chichester © N Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

8. Novium Museum

Purpose built to show the remains of an old Roman bathhouse, which were hidden until now, this museum contains 150,000 artefacts on display. The building itself is right in the middle of Chichester. www.thenovium.org

9. Fishbourne Roman Palace

Built in the 1st century AD, this is an excellent educational day out. Step back in time, take one of the free guided tours, and see the fascinating Roman mosaics. www.sussexpast.co.uk/properties-to-discover/fishbourne-roman-palace

Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex
Fishbourne Roman Palace © Elliott Simpson (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum, West Sussex
Tangmere Military Aviation Museum © Glyn Baker (cc-by-sa/2.0)

10. Tangmere Military Aviation

Situated in a corner of the old RAF Tangmere airfield. Displayed is a unique collection of historic aircrafts and memorabilia stretching from the First World War to the Cold War. You can also have a go on a flight simulator! www.tangmere-museum.org.uk