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

Chichester Camera Club: A Celebration of People and Places
2018 marks 125 years since The Chichester Photographic Society was formed in 1893. It was active until 1945 and, after a four year break, was re-formed in 1949 under the name of Chichester Camera Club. It has continued as such to the present day and is recognised as one of the most successful Camera Clubs in the country, welcoming everyone with an interest in photography.This headline exhibition,
Event date(s):
24th November 2018 10:00 - 09th March 2019 17:00
Novium - Christmas

Meet Father Christmas
Come and meet Father Christmas in his Grotto at The Novium Museum.To book your ticket for a magical festive moment meeting Father Christmas, please Book Online  or call Chichester Box Office on 01243 816525 - just £6 per child (includes a gift).Tickets are available divided into 30 minute time slots. There are 8 tickets available per time slot. If your allotted
Event date(s):
08th December 2018 11:00 - 16:00
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22nd December 2018 11:00 - 16:00