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Milestones Museum, Basingstoke
(4.2/5 based on 700+ reviews on the web)
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. Take a look at our Basingstoke vacation trip planner to schedule your visit to Milestones Museum and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Even after 8 Years since our last visit we still had a brilliant time.Made me feel old knowing too much about items on show 8 year old Grandaughter ran the tour guide and loved it . Domino's in the pu...  more »
  • My little boy is 8 and loves it here. He's been a few times with school trips too. Definitely take nephew and nieces next time they visit. 
  • This museum is actually a reconstruction of the different epochs of the past. It will appeal to adults, but also children. The shops are full of authentic objects. You will know all the development of the vacuum cleaner, cameras, radios, etc... One can spend 2 hours with pleasure.
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  • We enjoy visiting with the kids. There's plenty to see and is great for when the weather isn't too good as it's all indoors. It's an outside world but inside. As an adult who visits regularly, I'd like to see a few changes here and there every so often to keep it fresh. I particularly enjoy the working pub within and the kids love the penny arcade too. Recommended.
  • Unusually this venue offers an 'outside' experience (mini streets, buildings, etc) but completely under cover so ideal for wet and cold days. Fantastic range of exhibits, lots of engagement for children, including school trips. Audio tour (device per guest) didn't always match exhibits which was a shame. Felt the price was a tad expensive compared to other similar experiences (Black Country Living Museum for example). All in all a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
  • Great place for a wet afternoon. Milestones is a huge in door village show casing 3 diferent ages from Victorian to the 70's. You make you way along winding cobbled streets popping into victorian foundries, war time sweet shops (selling sweets with the appropriate ration card) and a pub serving actual locally brewed beer. Winding up at a penny arcade at the end. Milestones has a reasnoble cafe and could be improved by the removal of all the don't touch signs! A little pricey for entry (about £10 a head) but the whole building is very impressive and must have cost a fortune to build. Our 2 year old loved it.
  • Decent museum but what really makes this good is the special events. They are not always advertised well but do look out for them in the school holidays.
  • Really interesting museum, took our grandchildren who are only 4 & 7 they were really entertained and had a great time, we also enjoyed the various exhibits, a great day out for all the family.