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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  • My Father in law took me here for the day and i had a great day, it is a great look back at days gone by, enjoyed the bacon sandwich and coffee after, not the cheepest place to visit but i think it wa...  more »
  • We had a great time from a half in the on site pub to discovering interesting facts about the area and also relive childhood memorabilia. Best of all it is all inside so it was a great place tp visit ...  more »
  • Apart from not opening till 11am on a Saturday and the painfully slow ticket desks, this is a fantastic museum. All of the artefacts are well cared for and displayed in appropriate environments. A lit...  more »
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  • Great family day out. Great for all ages. Staff very helpful. Plenty of car park spaces. If not right by the building it self then in other car parks with in walking distance. Food facilities plus gift shop. Visited 2 on both occasions kids changing rooms smelly and slightly dirty. Other than this no other problems.
  • Excellent museum with some fun attractions for all the family to enjoy. At the moment there is an excellent Lego display with some incredible constructions. Also don’t miss the sweet shop. Some very good old vehicles on display with a testament to the manufacturing that historically took place at this site. Easy to park and your ticket allows for repeat visits during the year.
  • Great museum of local life through the ages. The highlight of my visit was the Fantastic Beasts Leo exhibition which was very fun and impressive. In terms of their collection I preferred the exhibits from the 50's onwards as there were more original items and therefore seemed more authentic. The more historical items unfortunately had a Disney-fied feel to them. The old fashioned sweetshop is a great aspect of the experience. Particularly swapping an old penny for your sweets and having your ration card checked. The penny arcade is slightly hidden but a real treasure trove of games to play. It's possible to win get big on some of the mock gambling ones too and there is a helpful guide as to which are the best payers!
  • Milestones Museum of Living History is a great way to spend a few hours looking into industrial heritage of Hampshire. There is a collection of lifesize streets with historical shops and vehicles. Even a pub. It's all under cover too. We enjoyed it more than we expected, and stayed for about four hours. You can re-use the tickets and go back later in the year for free. We liked the rooms that were set up for different decades and we did a lot of reminiscing, seeing things we used to own. Good fun, and very educational.
  • A very interesting museum for those of my generation brings back lots of memories. For those of younger age they'll wonder how the heck we managed. Go see you'll love all the exhibits but take your time. Although your ticket admits you more times through the year ask at their desk. Why 4 stars then well the sandwiches which I had were awful and overpriced. They do hot food but I got mixed reviews from our group. But do give the museum a visit the family will love it.
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