The Novium

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Tower Street
West Sussex
PO19 1QH

  • Phone: 01243 775888

The Novium offers intriguing stories from Chichester District connected with extraordinary artefacts in a brand new, state-of-the-art building. Alongside the commitment to preserve our rich local heritage, The Novium also provides visitors with a glimpse into the past 500,000 years. Set in the heart of Chichester, The Novium features exciting exhibitions, dynamic events, interactive activities for all ages, and an award-winning learning programme. The Novium has been purpose built to show the remains of a Roman bath house, which are now uncovered for visitors to see for the first time. But the Roman baths are just one of the many wow factors you will see! Look out for our curiosities case and giant cube case full of treasures from the district. Admire the Chilgrove Mosaic, which dates back to the fourth century AD. And don't miss the Jupiter Stone, a Roman sculpture base dedicated to the god Jupiter from the third century AD. On the second floor you can stop to take in the breath-taking views of the cathedral. You can also 'touch the view' with chimney pots and cathedral stonework placed near the window. Explore our interactive second floor gallery where you can search through drawers for interesting finds, try on a Roman helmet, and even make your own mosaic! Visitors will also find a tourist information centre and a shop offering unique, green and locally made gifts.

Further information

Opening Hours:

Summer (April to October) Open 7 days a week 10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday 10:00 - 16:00 Sunday (and Bank Holidays) Winter (November to March) Open 6 days a week 10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Saturday Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. The Novium is fully accessible for all wheel chair users.


Free admission Become a Friend of the Novium Museum - Named Adults (16+) - £15 Named Young Friends (8-15 years) - £5.50 Named Concessions (Seniors 60+ years, students, unemployed, disabled (proof of status required) - £12 Family - Two named adults plus their children - £30 Corporate/other organisations - up to ten directors/employees - £125

Travel directions:

A two-minute walk from Chichester Cathedral, The Novium is located in the city centre on Tower Street directly opposite the library. It is a 15 minute walk from both Chichester bus and train stations. The nearest car park is Orchard Street Car Park.

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services

Facilities information:

The Novium has a large lift and is fully accessible for wheel chair users and visitors with disabilities. There is also a wheel chair available to use while visiting the museum. A portable hearing loop is available upon request at Reception. Registered guide dogs are permitted in the museum. Baby changing facilities are also available. With three floors of exhibition space, The Novium also has a dedicated learning space - the Woolstaplers Room - and offers an award-winning learning programme.

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