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, shop and VIC. We run an education service that caters to local schools and a lifelong learning programme of exhibitions and events.

The Museum and Library are wholly owned by the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, a registered independent charity.

Venue Type:

Museum, Library, Gallery

Opening hours

The New Forest Museum, the New Forest Gallery, the Visitor Information Centre and the Museum Gift Shop are open 10am - 5pm (last admissions to the Museum at 4pm), 7 days a week. Please allow around 1 hour for your visit.

The Christopher Tower New Forest Reference Library, based within the Museum, is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10am until 4.30pm. Please call in or ring in advance of your visit to ensure that the librarian is available.

We are closed from 12noon on Christmas Eve and all day Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Admission charges

Adults £4.00
Concessions £3.00 (children, seniors, students etc.)
Under 16's 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

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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