Museum of Archaeology Museums
Godīs House Tower, Winkle Street
The Museum of Archaeology in Southampton displays artefacts from prehistoric, Roman, Saxon and medieval Southampton. It also has objects from outside Southampton, including some from ancient Egypt. God's House Tower itself is a fascinating historic building.
God's House Tower stands at the south-east corner of the town walls which had once encircled medieval Southampton. The whole structure is really an amalgamation of two buildings; a simple gatehouse, built in the late thirteenth century and extended in the early fourteenth century, and a massive spur work, an early fifteenth- century addition consisting of a two-storey gallery and a three-storey great tower.
Southampton's collections include a small number of interesting and unusual items which are apparently unrelated to the city. The provenance of most of them is unknown - they may have formed part of the Hartley Collection, given to the city in 1912 - or are donations to the museum from local people who had travelled or lived abroad.
These objects come from all over the world. They include:
Drums and musical instruments, spears and shields and personal ornaments from Africa
Wooden clubs from Polynesia
Aboriginal tools and a boomerang from Australia
Native American stone arrowheads
A stone figure and ceramics from Central America
There is also archaeological material from ancient Greece and Egypt. .
AddressGodīs House Tower, Winkle Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 2NY
Opening times10am - 12pm & 1pm - 5pm
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