Look inside Southampton


Written by: Jo Fisher, Southampton-based copywriter, poet and artist
Starring: Members of Mayflower Theatre’s Youth Theatre, including: Lizzy Lotery, Jasmine Green , Rudi Funnell, Isla Rainbow, Lucy Gibbon, Becca Connell and Kamile Ginn.

A special thanks to Antony Gormley for granting permission to use Antony Gormley, UNTITLED [DIVING FIGURE], 1983, © the artist. See full credits at the bottom of this page

Look inside Southampton

SCC venues

Look inside Southampton and escape into whole worlds of art, history and heritage at Southampton City Art Gallery, Tudor House and Garden and SeaCity Museum.

Reconnect with yourself and others, reignite your imagination, and rediscover the world around you. Southampton City Council's cultural venues are safe havens away from the chaos of everyday life, and they are ready to invite you in.

SeaCity Museum

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Come and look inside SeaCity Museum

Located in the heart of Southampton, SeaCity Museum is the city’s port of call for stories of maritime history and life. Exhibitions share tales of the people of the city, their fascinating lives, and our historic connections with the Titanic and the sea.

Learn from interactive activity areas, highly visual displays and memorable real-life accounts. The popular exhibitions will transport you back to the Titanic’s fateful voyage, reveal thousands of years of our port’s lively and diverse history, and uncover the city’s past with local archaeology and archives.

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SeaCity Museum brings maritime history to the surface.
There’s always something new to learn, whatever your age!

Find out more  - SeaCity Museum website

Opening times
Monday - Sunday 10am–5pm (last entry 3.30pm)  

Ticket Prices available here 

Book now online for guaranteed entry

Southampton City Art Gallery

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Come and look inside Southampton City Art Gallery

Free entry.

See world class art in the centre of Southampton’s Cultural Quarter! 

The gallery houses one of the finest collections of art in the south of England, including over 5,300 works of art from the Renaissance to the present day. Work includes those of some of the greats, such as: J.M.W. Turner, Auguste Rodin and L.S. Lowry, among many others.

Creating a National Collection

Creating a National Collection: The Partnership between Southampton City Art Gallery and The National Gallery On now until the 4 September, this new exhibition, Creating a National Collection, celebrates our natural links with pieces from household names – including Monet and Gainsborough. 

Explore these bonds of ours and build your own – whether that’s with the artworks, the people you visit with, or yourself.  The City Art Gallery is delighted to bring art from across the world right to your doorstep, and take you on a creative journey.

Lottery Arts Council funded

Creating a National Collection is the first exhibition to explore the unique relationship and influence the National Gallery has had on the evolution of Southampton’s collection.

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Find out more - Southampton City Art Gallery website

Opening times - FREE ENTRY
Monday – Friday 10am–3pm (last entry 2.30pm)
Saturday 10am–5pm (last entry 4.30pm) 
Closed Sundays

Please note that these times may change so please check online for latest opening hours 
It is free entry. No need to book, just walk in.

Tudor House and Garden

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Come and look inside Tudor House and Garden

Home to over 800 years of history, Southampton’s Tudor House is one of the city’s most important buildings.

Found in the heart of charming Old Town, Tudor House offers a unique and authentic window onto the lives of its residents and the city itself over hundreds of years.

With family-friendly activities, interactive experiences and engaging displays – not to mention a peaceful garden where you can enjoy a cream tea – we welcome visitors of all ages into this special space.

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Find out more - Tudor House and Garden website 

Opening times
Monday - Thursday  10am-3pm (last entry 2.15pm) 
Closed Fridays
Saturday - Sunday 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

Ticket prices available here

Book online for guaranteed entry

Did you know that you can buy a joint day pass or joint annual pass so that you can enjoy great days out at both SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden? Find out more

Artwork credits from video
Desmond Haughton, Sleeper 1, 1997, oil on canvas, © the artist
Desmond Haughton, Sleeper 2, 1998.oil on canvas © the artist Christopher Bucklow, Kasei, 2014, oil on canvas. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 2019/3 © the artist
Edward Burne-Jones, Perseus and the Sea Nymphs, 1877, mixed media on paper. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 102.
Edward Burne-Jones, The Finding of Medusa, 1882, mixed media on paper. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 103.
Edward Burne-Jones, The Death of Medusa, 1882, mixed media on paper. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 109.
Nahem Shoa, Back of Gbenga’s Head, 2003, oil on canvas © the artist
Allegretto Nuzi, The Coronation of the Virgin, 1360, tempera on board. Southampton City Art Gallery SOTAG 1403
Shirazeh Houshiary, Ki, 1984, copper. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 1988/16 © the artist
Hilaire Germaine Edgar Degas, Dancer putting on her Stocking, cast between 1921 and about 1936, bronze. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 1418
Thomas Gainsborough, George, Lord Vernon, 1767, oil on canvas. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 1494
Thomas Gainsborough, Dr Ralph Schomberg, about 1770, oil on canvas. The National Gallery, London, NG684. © The National Gallery, London
Philips Koninck, Extensive Landscape with a Hawking Party, probably about 1670. The National Gallery, London NG836. © The National Gallery, London
Christopher Le Brun, Study for Götterdämmerung – Approaching the Dragon, 1993– 94, oil on canvas. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 2013/91 © the artist
Auguste Rodin, Eve, 1880, bronze. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 1960/4.
Antony Gormley, UNTITLED [DIVING FIGURE], 1983, lead, fibreglass, plaster and air. Southampton City Art Gallery, SOTAG 1984/5 © the artist
Sara Choudhrey, Siraat, 2021, Mixed Medium, site-specific installation, specially commissioned for Manifesting the Unseen, Southampton: 2021 © the artist

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