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 - Film

Swords & Sandals: Hollywood's Ancient World - an evening talk with Keith Lodwick
Join us after the museum closes where you can enjoy the chance to view our headline exhibition, Hollywood Rome: Reel Life in the Ancient World, then join Keith Lodwick, Curator - Theatre & Performance at the Victoria & Albert Museum for a discussion on Hollywood Rome.From Spartacus to Gladiator, the Roman era has always inspired film-makers from the silent era to modern digital productions
Event date(s):
09th May 2019 18:00 - 20:00
Novium - Arts & Culture

Pencils, Paint, Process & Performance with Ryan Dawson Laight
Set and Costume Designer Ryan Dawson Laight discusses 'Pencils, Paint, Process & Performance' at The Novium Museum. Ryan is a designer for performance, specializing in set and costume, with credits that span theatre, opera, cabaret and dance.Having studied Design at the University of Brighton  he has gone on to work both nationally and internationally.Ryan works with clients
Event date(s):
02nd May 2019 18:30 - 20:00
Novium - Arts & Culture

Volunteer Coffee Morning
Join us for a special volunteers coffee morning and find out more about the exciting volunteering opportunities we have available.Whether you are passionate about history, looking to meet new people or hoping to gain new skills, we have a role that is right for you. We are particularly looking for museum guides and museum stewards.Staff and volunteers will be on hand to show you around the museum,
Event date(s):
30th April 2019 10:00 - 12:00
Novium - Chichester Roman Week

Chichester Roman Week - Priory Park Archaeological Dig
PRIORY PARK ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG TALKArchaeological excavations in Priory Park in 2017 and 2018 revealed the remains of a hot room and Roman Town House.   James Kenny, Archaeology Officer at Chichester District Council talks about recent excavations and plans for the future.Booking in advance is recommended, £6 per person  
Event date(s):
28th May 2019 18:30 - 20:00