The New Forest Centre

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The New Forest Centre houses a museum of the New Forest, a temporary exhibition gallery, a reference library and shop. We run an education service that caters to local schools and a lifelong learning programme of exhibitions and events.

The New Forest Centre is owned and managed by the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, a registered independent charity. Reg no: 279373

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Gallery

Opening hours

The New Forest Museum, the New Forest Gallery and the Museum Gift Shop are open daily 10am - 5pm April to October and 10am - 4pm November to March (last admission 30 minutes before closing).

The Christopher Tower Reference Library is open to the public, stewarded by volunteers, at the following times:
Wednesdays 10.00am - 4.00pm
Fridays 10.00am - 12.30pm (Closed Friday 1 January 2016)
Please note that outside of these times the library can be accessed by appointment with seven days notice.
Please contact 023 8028 3444 to make an appointment.

We are closed all day Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Admission charges

Free entry.

Please ring the Centre office on 023 8028 3444 for group rates and details of education packages.

Additional info

Baby changing facilities
Lift to first floor
Wheelchair available on request

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Three carved and lit pumkins with smiley faces

New Forest Museum: After Dark

  • 27 October 2017 5-8pm

Ever wondered what a museum is like at night? Then dress up, bring a torch and come along to our Museums at Night event. Spooky Autumn crafts, trails and other drop-in activities, and bookable pumpkin carving sessions. Pumpkin carving must be booked in advance by 23 Oct

Suitable for

  • Any age


Museum Admission free
£1 per craft activity
£7 for booked pumpkin carve session, must be booked by 23/10/17


The New Forest Centre
New Forest Centre
SO43 7NY


New Forest Centre website


General enquiries


Gift shop

Education Officer


023 8028 3444


023 8028 4236

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