Inaugurated only a few years ago, the SeaCity Museum is already the most popular attraction in Southampton. This new interactive museum is housed in a monumental building dating from 1939 that used to serve as a court and prison. The largest attraction is the comprehensive exhibit about the Titanic, which began its fatal voyage from this South English harbour town in 1912.
In 2012, the Maritime Museum of Southampton was inaugurated in the Cultural Quarter, an up and coming neighbourhood on the northern side of the city that is home to other museums, restaurants and the BBC studios. SeaCity Museum found its new home in the former Magistrate’s Court, a huge building with striking architecture, built with large white blocks of concrete. The former court rooms and prison cells now display 2 permanent museum collections and a temporary collection.