Haslemere Educational Museum

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Haslemere Educational Museum is one of the largest Natural History Museum in central southern England with over 240,000 specimens, along with over 140,000 Human History artefacts from around the world.

There are three large permanent galleries for Geology, Natural History and Human History artefacts, along with three temporary exhibition rooms, a library and a dedicated education room for people of all ages.

Winners of The Telegraph Family Friendly Museum Award 2012 and the 2012 Museums & Heritage Readers Award

Haslemere Educational Museum is a member of the First World War Centenary Partnership, a network of organisations committed to the delivery of the First World War Centenary Programme: a global programme of events and activities inspiring young and old to remember the impact of the First World War on people and society today.

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Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700

Admission charges

By Donation

Additional info

Disabled access throughout the building. If disabled parking is required please ring ahead.

* Visit our extensive and newly refurbished galleries.
* Take a journey through time with our interactive displays and fascinating collections.
* Meet Arthur our 6ft Siberian bear.
* Enter an Egyptian tomb and see a real Egyptian mummy.
* Explore our Natural History collection.
* Enjoy our gardens and admire the view over the Surrey hills.
* Observe the bees at work in the beehive.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Embroidered Wedding Bodice, Holland - Part of the European Peasant Arts Collection

Celebration Redesigned - An Exhibition at Haslemere Museum

  • 14 March — 18 April 2017

Taking inspiration from the Museum’s European Peasant Arts Collection, where everyday items were embellished to celebrate events and love, do not miss this exciting new exhibition which takes a modern view using recycled materials to create celebration art pieces. And another chance to see the Museum’s Community Mosaic too!
Museum Open Tuesday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Admission by donation to the Museum



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.
Swedish Wall Painting - Part of the European Peasant Arts Collection

Miraculous Millinery Craft Workshop at Haslemere Museum

  • 7 March 2017 7-9:30pm

Join artist Diana Burch for a fun evening making outlandishly theatrical hats and headwear for the Museum’s new exciting exhibition ‘Celebration Redesigned’ using a wide range of simple techniques and materials. A chance to get creative and let your imagination run wild! For more information, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£12 includes glass of wine | Booking advisable



Haslemere Educational Museum Grounds

Tea & Talk at Haslemere Museum - Ancient Routes

  • 21 March 2017 2:30-4pm

Looking for something different to do? Come along and enjoy our informal talks for adults. Have you ever been out walking or driving and thought “That ditch looks a bit big”? Join Hugh Turrall-Clarke to learn about the area’s ancient tracks, some of which have become roadways and others that have fallen into disuse. Includes tea and biscuits. For more information, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 18+


Members FREE | Non Members £1 |No need to book



Family Event as Haslemere Museum

Easter Egg-citement at Haslemere Museum

  • 11 April 2017 10:30am-1pm

Easter at the Museum promises to be lots of fun with a great range of Easter arts and crafts activities for your little ones to choose from. There will also be a special Easter garden trail for children who will be rewarded with a chocolate treat when they find the characters hidden throughout the gardens. You can be sure this fun packed morning will be Easter fun for everyone!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Members £2 / Non Members £4 - Family drop in event, no need to book



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.

Ancient Egyptian beliefs about life after death (KS2)

Award winning ( 2004/2005 'Interpret Surrey Award)workshop.Hands-on event, explores mummification and Ancient Egyptian beliefs. Uses the whole range of interpretive tools available:- role-play, handling, museum's Egyptian display (featuring Pa-Er-Abu, a mummified priest) and written resources. Must be pre-booked
Cost per pupil: £3.50/£4.00.
Loan box available.

How to obtain

Contact: Education Officer, Kay Topping, at Haslemere Educational Museum, 01428 642112.
email: enquiries@haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Creepy Crawlies

A workshop on how to identify the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates, how to find invertebrate mini-beasts and bugs. Uses the museum's observation beehive and grounds(when dry - Natural History Gallery when wet). Finding and identifying live specimens from the 'Mini-beast Mountain' and the Meadow. Can be booked according to school's date requirements(subject to staff availability). Cost:£2.00/£2.50
Loan box available.

How to obtain

Contact: Education Officer, Maggie Monteath, Haslemere Educational Museum, 01428 642112.
email: haslemeremuseum@aol.com

Gallery Visit (Pre-school, KS1 and KS2)

Guided visit around the Museum's Geology, Natural History and Human History galleries with the education Officer. Includes features such as brown bear, named Arthur, Egyptian Mummy and dinosaur interactives. Workshop bookable on request( subject to staff availability). Cost:-

How to obtain

Contact: Haslemere educational Museum Education Officer, Maggie Monteath, 01428 642112.
email: haslemeremuseum@aol.com

Junior Club


Multi-themed museum activities including learning about nature, art and craft, hands-on learning and much more. Sessions take place on the 1st Saturday of the month and during school holidays and are suitable for children aged 5-11 years.

How to obtain

Sessions cost around £4 for members and £5 for non members. Booking in advance is essential. Check out the online calendar of events for further details, or contact enquiries@haslemremuseum.co.uk.

Relic: Guardians of the Museum

Following on from the successful CBBC programme Haslemere Museum id pleased to announce its own Relic trail for families and young people. Find the five objects and complete the associated challenge.

Skeletons and Muscles

Workshop involving hands-on activities such as making joints and using the museum's replica human skeleton. Visit to the museum's Natural History Gallery to look at skeletal adaptations in other animals. Bookable according to school's requirements(subject to staff availability). Cost: £2.50/£3.00.

How to obtain

Contact: Haslemere Educational Museum's Education Officer, Maggie Monteath on:01428 642112

Toys from the Past

Workshop investigating the similarities and differences between modern and historical toys - looks at materials and uses. Children are able to handle and try out replica toys from the education collection and will be encouraged to make close observations of the museum's collection in the History Gallery. Can be booked (subject to staff availability) according to school's date requirements. Cost: £2.00/£2.50.
Loan box available.

How to obtain

Contact: Education Officer, Maggie Monteath
Haslemere Educational Museum: 01428 642112
e-mail: haslemeremuseum@aol.com

Haslemere Educational Museum
78 High Street
GU27 2LA






01428 642112

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