Milestones Museum, Basingstoke

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History comes alive at Milestones Museum, an all-weather tourist attraction containing a network of streets modeled on those originally found in Victorian and 1930s Hampshire. Opened in 2000, the museum houses a huge collection of road vehicles, including the iconic trucks made by Thornycroft, one of England’s most notable manufacturers. Among the site’s popular building recreations are Victorian public houses, railway stations, toy shops, and a television store, which includes original equipment. Stroll through these old streets to soak up local history, and don’t miss visiting the interactive penny arcade, designed to recreate the atmosphere of a typical 1910 pier. Milestones Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Basingstoke Edition.
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  • We went with a group today. Didn’t know quite what to expect but were pleasantly surprised. There was lots to see and a good three hours needed to do the job properly. Lots of exhibits tucked away wit...  more »
  • This museum holds a variety of very interesting items held in a variety of theamed rooms. There are vehicles , household items dating back to the Edwardian times. Children can dress up in period costu...  more »
  • We really enjoyed our 1st visit to milestones. Children aged 18 months to 4 yrs. The sets are amazing, so authentic , like stepping back in time. The children loved the interactive bits. Ie bus, shop,...  more »
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  • This is a fantastic place. Prices are good plus you get in for a year for the price of one entry. Ideal rainy day activity as it's all indoors. The detail in the street and buildings is actually really impressive. There is a cafe which is good too. The little arcade alley thing at the end is brilliant. This place is well worth a visit.
  • Immerse your self in the history of Hampshire, great for kids and adults alike. Milestones is a great museum setup as if you walking through cobbled streets,, past shops and workshops selling different items from the past with well known names from around Hampshire and the surrounding area. Don't forget to visit the pub where you can buy a drink and sit back and play some traditional pub games. Or you take the kids to the sweet shop where they can take their ration book and get it stamped in exchange for sweets. ( ration booked purchased from the ticket desk). My favourite exhibition was the penny arcade, exchange your money for some old pennies and play many traditional arcade games. There is even a chance for the kids to win a prize. Also there is a cafe, gift shop and when the class room is not in use they turn it in to a indoor picnic area. All in all a great day, just keep am eye out for there opening times as they don't open until 11am at weekends( which is the only negative I have, it would be nice if it opened earlier). Your ticket last all year and there are many different events on through out the year including a Lego event which was amazing this year. A must visit with or without kids if your in the north east Hampshire area.
  • A wonderful day out under cover and in the warm. Plenty to see and do with an education centre, audio guides, penny arcade old fashioned sweet shop and pub. If you like a drink then you will love the pub, great ambiance and a fine pint of beer, you may be lucky enough to be there when they serve snacks but if not you can buy one from upstairs and bring it down. For the children young and old there is a penny arcade, old pennies of course and a sweet shop serving sweets on your ration card in ounces of course. If you spend time looking in the shops and workshops it will take you a couple of days to see the museum properly and you can buy a very reasonably priced season ticket. To sum up a wonderful although tiring day for young and old.
  • Really enjoyed the experience, the facilities were really good and a nice warm welcome. Kids really enjoy the clue finding and being a secret agent! Great for all ages and parents alike
  • Lovely little museum giving a good insight into history of Basingstoke. Kids especially enjoyed getting their ration book and collecting their sweets. Staff are friendly and responsive to any requests. Some areas were empty so will be better once all sections fully complete. Overall a nice afternoon and great that our tickets are valid for a whole year for revisit.
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