Southampton is a centre of national excellence for the arts and culture, building on the major strengths of our existing venues and collections. Southampton is a place that fosters and celebrates creative and media industries, including contemporary, visual and performing arts which reflects the city’s communities.
Find out what's happening in our museums and art gallery during autumn in our Museums and Gallery Events Guide. Visit our special exhibitions page to find out what's new in the gallery and museums.
We are a city that celebrates and shares its long, rich and internationally important heritage with ever increasing numbers of visitors from around the world. A vast collection of heritage material (archives, archaeology, finds, objects, photographs and oral history tapes) and fine art is available for research.
Talks and tours of the works on display or in store can be requested and some works can be borrowed for display in offices through the artlease scheme.
Two ships that Southampton is particularly associated with are the The Mayflower taking the Pilgrim Fathers to America and the Titanic.
Image Credit: SeaCity Museum's Pavilion, photo by Martin Cleveland