Museum of Farnham

Museum of Farnham
38 West Street





01252 715094

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Museum of Farnham
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“The neatest spot on earth – all there is garden.” William Cobbett describing Farnham.

Farnham is a town of outstanding Georgian architecture and a designated town of craft with a lively and artistic atmosphere. The museum aims to reflect this in a varied programme of exhibitions and events for adults and children alike. The museum was founded in 1961 to provide the Farnham community with a collection dedicated to the history of the local area in an elegant Grade I listed Georgian townhouse which still retains many original features, including a beautiful walled garden perfect for picnics. Displays include items from a large and eclectic collection; from archaeological artefacts to nationally important artworks by local artists and an extensive costume collection. The museum holds three major exhibitions per year which aim to please and surprise, from artistic collaborations to exhibitions designed for children and families.

Five things to see and do at the museum

1. Discover the history of a beautiful Grade I listed Georgian townhouse and its many occupants

2. Try the children’s trail or one of the activity packs for all ages

3. Have a look at the exhibitions and find out if you are an adventurous archaeologist or a civil war buff

4. See the wonderful history garden spanning from Roman gardening to a working World War II allotment

5. Join in with brass rubbing or a crafty half-term activity for children or sign up for Museum Club

If you’ve got a bit longer…

6. Ask at the local studies library for assistance with your latest school project

7. Have a picnic in the garden

8. Enjoy one of the new temporary exhibitions

9. Join the hunt for the hundred year old biscuit!

Audio guides, tours and children’s guides are available.

The Garden Gallery

A modern community venue for the town. The beautiful garden gallery in the museum garden is available for parties, conferences, exhibitions and weekly courses.

Wheelchair access to ground floor, shop toilet, Garden Gallery and garden.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00

Closed: Christmas and New Year

Admission charges

Free admission to perminent galleries and all exhibitions.

The Museum of Farnham's collection illustrates the town's richly artistic and industrial heritage,through from the earliest geological period to the present day.

Important figures represented in the collection include W.H. Allen, Harold Falkner, Ernest Borelli, Stephen Elmer, John Henry Knight and George Sturt. There are displays of Farnham Greenware pottery, motororing history and the hop industry. Highlights of the collection include items belonging to Farnham's most famous son, William Cobbett, and a beautiful morning cap presented to Sir Charles Vernon by King Charles I.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Literature, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • W.H. Allen
  • Harold Falkner
  • Ernest Borelli
  • John Henry Knight
  • William Cobbett
  • Stephen Elmer
  • George Sturt
  • hop industry
  • motoring
  • pottery
  • Willmer House
  • architecture
  • Waverley Abbey
  • Farnham
  • costume
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.
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Mind Full Museum Tour

  • 10 April 2015 2-3pm

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street


Our mind full tour offers visitors the chance to explore an element of our collection with our Curator of Assistant Curator. After the tour visitors are welcome to join us for tea and cake in the Garden Gallery with a chance to handle objects from our living history collection.

For more information contact Sophie on 01252 715094

Suitable for

  • 18+


£2 per person


Marble busts whispering

The Secret Museum Exhibition

  • 10 March — 27 June 2015 *on now

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the museum? Now is your chance to find out in our interactive exhibition. From archaeology to fine art, costumes to manuscripts, this exhibition explores the museum’s hidden collections and how we care for and conserve them.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




What's in the Box?

What’s in the Box?

  • 11 April 2015 2-3pm

Museum of Farnham, 38 West Street

2pm, Free Entry

As part of The Secret Museum exhibition, every month the Curatorial team will bring out a selection of boxes from the museum store… there could be some surprises! Get an insight into our collections and the work of a curator.

Suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly




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What’s in the Box?

  • 9 May 2015 From 2pm

‘What’s in the box?’ As part of the Secret Museum Exhibition every month the Assistant Curator will bring out a selection of boxes from the museum store ... there could be some surprises!
Get an insight into the hidden treasures in our collections and the work of a curator; help us investigate and document the treasures contained in the boxes and learn some of the 'tricks of the trade'.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




Sleepover at the Museum

  • 16 May 2015 7-11:59pm

A spooky sleepover at the museum with activities and games.

Fancy sleeping inside a 300 year old house? Want to know what happens after dark at the museum? Bring your family for a torch-lit tour of the house and its spooky history, with activities and games.

Suitable for children age 7 – 12, the sleepover will run until 8AM on the morning of Sunday 17 May.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • Family friendly


£10 per person


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Museum Club at the Museum of Farnham

Museum Club is for children aged 6-12 years who are interested in being creative,learning about history and the arts and making new friends.