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A registered charity that promotes, supports, assists and helps improve the Willis Museum in Basingstoke.

Audio Tour Guide

This tour guide describes the museum building and some of the key exhibits within the Willis Museum. After visiting the exhibition in the Sainsbury Gallery, take the door at the rear of the gallery that leads to the cafe. The audio guide starts at the foot of the main staircase with the Winklebury stone coffin and continues up the stairs to the story of Basingstoke and then to the Archaeology Gallery on the Second Floor. 

When visiting the museum you can use your mobile phone to access the guide at each exhibit location by either tapping on the NFC sticker or scanning the barcode there.  

Willis Museum Building

The Willis Museum in Basingstoke

Winklebury Coffin

Roman Skeleton in Winklebury Coffin Basingstoke Museum
Located at the foot of the stairs

The Grapes Pub Sign

Grapes Pub Sign from Wote Street Public House Basingstoke
1st Floor Landing

Basing House Embroidery

The Basing House Raised Work Embroidery Basingstoke
1st Floor - Story of Basingstoke

World's Oldest Wedding Cake

World's Oldest Wedding Cake Hampshire
1st Floor - Story of Basingstoke

Deane Cup

Tudor History - The Deane Cup 1551
1st Floor - Story of Basingstoke

The Tadley Ring

The Tadley Ring at Basingstoke Museum
2nd Floor - Archaeology Galle

The Mammoth Tusk

Excavated Mammoth Tusk
2nd Floor - Archaeology Gallery

The Strand of Hair from Copenhagen, the Duke of Wellington's War Horse

Duke of Wellingtons Horse Copenhagen
2nd Floor - Archaeology Gallery

The Moto-Reve motor cycle owned by our founder George Willis (1877 – 1970)

Historic Moto-Reve motor cycle Basingstoke
2nd Floor