Haslemere Educational Museum

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An award winning Museum in the heart of Haslemere with remarkable collections of natural history, human history and geology. Founded in 1888 by the renowned London physician Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, the galleries display a fine array of minerals and fossils, magnificent specimens from the animal kingdom as well as plants and insects and interesting artefacts from all the key British historical periods. Journey through time and marvel at a 500 million year old fossil, meet Arthur the Siberian brown bear and see an Egyptian Mummy!

The Museum offers a lively programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year and has a wonderful tradition of learning for all ages.

Set in beautiful historic grounds, which include an observation beehive, pond and gazebo, the Museum has been inspiring visitors for more than one hundred years.

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.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Tuesday to Saturday 1000am-1700pm
Sunday-Monday-Museum Closed

Admission charges

By Donation to Haslemere Museum

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.
Haslemere Educational Museum

Discovering Dinosaurs at Haslemere Museum

  • 1 July — 2 September 2017 *on now

A summer of fun is planned at Haslemere Museum with an exciting programme of events. The Museum will host a new family friendly exhibition 'Discovering Dinosaurs' which runs throughout the summer. In this interactive exhibition, all the family can explore the fascinating world of dinosaurs and there is even a chance to get up close to them with touchable cut out models. There will of course be lots of hand-on fun including dressing up, puzzles, a gallery trail, small model dinosaur world to play with, and much more for everyone to enjoy. Dinosaurs have sparked the imagination and fascinated both young and old alike ever since huge bone fossils were discovered. This is a really exciting exhibition offering children lots of fun facts and interactive enjoyment too.

The Museum will be running dinosaur themed family events and workshops to complement the exhibition including Fantastic Fossils on 27th July, Build a Dinosaur Lego Challenge on 1st August and Dinosaur Delights on 8th August.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Admission by Donation to Haslemere Museum - every donation supports the Museum.

Peasant Tapestry produced by the Haslemere Weaving Industry in the early 1900s

The Rustic Renaissance: Haslemere’s Arts and Crafts Heritage

  • 1 July — 2 September 2017 *on now

Don’t miss this exhibition which tells the intriguing story of how, in the early 1900s, this small Surrey town became a thriving centre for a community of artists and craftspeople, inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement – one of the most influential international artistic movements of modern times. Determined to revive lost country crafts, they set up craft workshops and weaving houses in the town and collected folk art objects from all over Europe and brought them back to Haslemere to inspire local artisans. The exhibition showcases wonderful objects from the Museum’s remarkable European Peasant Arts Collection as well as rarely seen textile designs made by local weavers. Also on display will be original artwork by Godfrey Blount one of the founders of the Peasant Arts Movement as well as photographs and documents from the Peasant Arts archive.
Museum Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum Admission by Donation

Website

http://wwwhaslemeremuseum..co.uk

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.
The Wheel and Spindle Club, Sandhouse

Tea and Talk at Haslemere Museum: The Rustic Renaissance: Haslemere’s Arts and Crafts Heritage

  • 25 July 2017 2:30-4pm

Come along and enjoy our informal talks for adults with tea and biscuits! Join Collections Manager, Lindsay Moreton for an introduction to the remarkable European Peasant Arts Collection and the intriguing story of the craftspeople and artisans who inspired the local Arts and Crafts Movement. Memberships are available and include discount on talks, lectures and events, 10% discount on all purchases in the shop, and much more.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Museum Members Free, Non Members £3 | No need to book, just turn up.

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Nell Gwynn  at Haslemere Museum

Outdoor Theatre at Haslemere Museum - The Guildburys Theatre Company present ‘Nell Gwynn’

  • 27 — 29 July 2017

The Guildburys Theatre Company are delighted to be performing Jessica Swale’s award winning warm hearted comedy which tells the story of an unlikely heroine, who went from lowly orange seller to win the adoration of the public and the heart of the King. The beautiful grounds of the Museum provide the perfect setting for outdoor theatre, so why not grab a picnic, uncork the wine and head to the lawns and enjoy a highly entertaining evening.

Admission

Tickets on sale from www.guildburys.com
https://www.guildburys.com/nell-gwynn-bookings-at-haslemere/

Website

https://www.guildburys.com/nell-gwynn-bookings-at-haslemere/

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.

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:-
£1.50/£2.00.

How to obtain

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

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

Junior Club

http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

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
email:haslemeremuseum@aol.com

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
Haslemere
Surrey
GU27 2LA
England

Website

www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

E-mail

enquiries@haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Telephone

01428 642112

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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