Opened in 2012, our award-winning museum is built over the remains of a Roman bathhouse and has three floors of fantastic exhibitions, telling the fascinating story of Chichester District and its rich heritage. It looks after 500,000 artefacts, both on display and in its store.

The museum is free for people to visit, and is located in Tower Street, close to the cathedral and just opposite Chichester Library.

The remains of the Roman baths fill much of the ground floor gallery, with an audio visual film showing you how they were built and used in Roman times. The bath house would have been used as a meeting place, to engage in leisure activities and perhaps also to talk business. It would have been an active and noisy place, full of chatter and gossip, where games might be played, books read and beauty treatments enjoyed.

Throughout the year, residents and visitors can enjoy a wide variety of permanent, temporary and travelling exhibitions at the museum. The team also organises numerous activities including a mixture of bookable and drop in events plus talks, the annual Roman Week during the May half term, finds identification sessions, Father Christmas and lots more.

You can enjoy coffee and cake while taking in the remains of the Roman bathhouse and the museum shop offers a wide range of exhibition related gifts, toys and books.

The museum has won a number of awards including best Temporary or Touring Exhibition at the national Museum and Heritage Awards for Excellence for the innovative Tim Peake: An Extraordinary Journey exhibition.

There is an award winning schools programme, including engaging workshops, outreach visits and popular sleepover events. The team has won national awards for the high quality of its education services and facilities. Each year it also organises a popular creative writing competition for schoolchildren.

As well as the main museum building, it also runs The Guildhall, situated in the beautiful grounds of Priory Park. The Guildhall is now licensed for weddings and hosts a variety of events throughout the year.


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Novium - Arts & Culture

Roman Re-Enactment - Chichester Roman Week 2018
Join us in Priory Park for an exciting re-enactment which will bring the Roman period to life.As well as talks and demonstrations (listed below), we will have a range of static displays such as a military camp complete with Roman artillery and a field medicine tent. Other demonstrations will cover aspects of civilian life such as midwifery, religion, slavery, cooking and a mosaicist.This interacti
Event date(s):
30th May 2018 11:00 - 16:00
Novium - Arts & Culture

Priory Park Archaeological Dig - Evening Talk with James Kenny
Archaeological excavations in Priory Park in 2017 revealed part of a hot room of a bath house from a high status Roman town house. James Kenny, Archaeological Officer at Chichester District Council, talks about the finds in 2017 and reveals his plans for the 2018 dig, which he hopes will unearth the entire bath house.Booking is essential. Book Online Now or call 01243 816525.£5 per person
Event date(s):
29th May 2018 18:00 - 19:00
Novium - Chichester Roman Week

Chichester Roman Market
Chichester Farmer's Market transforms into a one-off Roman Market! On Fri 1st June, Chichester Farmers' Market will be transformed into a Roman Market. Put on your best Roman outfit and visit the stalls to find out about Roman food & recipes, how much food cost and what they did and did not eat. A prize will be given to the best dressed citizen of the day!
Event date(s):
01st June 2018 9:00 - 16:00