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.
West Street Haslemere in 1930s

History of Haslemere - An Exhibition at Haslemere Museum

  • 2 — 27 May 2017

Discover more about Haslemere and its fascinating history in this exhibition at Haslemere Museum. A wonderful opportunity to find out more about the town's rich heritage.
Museum Open - Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission by Donation

Hindhead Landscape

The Rise and Fall of the English Switzerland - An Exhibition at Haslemere Museum

  • 12 — 27 May 2017

This highly entertaining exhibition describes a very colourful chapter in Hindhead’s history from 1880 - 1910. Based on original research by Dr Marion Dell, it illustrates: how treacherous Hindhead was once considered; the impact of the arrival of the railway through Haslemere: why eminent physicist, Professor Tyndall, christened Hindhead the ‘English Switzerland’; why Hindhead immediately became immensely fashionable, attracting celebrity writers of the day, including Conan Doyle and Bernard Shaw, and, finally, how Hindhead’s popularity led to its demise. A ‘must’ for anyone interested in local history!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission by Donation

Website

http://www.haslmeremuseum.co.uk

The Wheel and Spindle Club

Haslemere Arts and Crafts Weekend

  • 7 — 9 July 2017

This summer, Haslemere will play host to an Arts and Crafts Weekend to celebrate the town’s rich Arts and Crafts heritage. The weekend of special events, organised by Haslemere Museum and supported by Haslemere Events and the Visitor Information Centre, promises a fascinating insight into the Arts and Crafts Movement. Highlights include an evening talk with Eric Knowles, antiques expert who has graced the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow programme, a trail around the Arts and Crafts industry buildings and houses of Haslemere, a guided tour of Gertrude Jekyll’s iconic garden at Munstead Wood, dinner by candlelight at St Christopher’s Church and much more. There will be an exhibition at the Museum entitled ‘The Rustic Renaissance’ which runs throughout July and August, telling the intriguing story of how this remarkable group of craftspeople thrived in Haslemere in the early 1900s, illustrated by original artwork and artefacts from the European Peasant Arts Collection

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Booking is essential for all events. Places are limited so early booking is recommended. Please visit the website for booking information.

Website

http://www.haslemere.com/artsandcrafts

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.
Haslemere Museum Plant Sale

Plant Sale at Haslemere Museum

  • 6 May 2017 11am-1pm

Haslemere Museum’s annual Plant Sale promises a fabulous selection of bedding, vegetable and perennial plants, some very unusual, all at very reasonable prices. It is a lovely opportunity not only to brighten up your garden, but also to help the Museum as all proceeds go towards the work of the Museum. The Museum Tea Room will also be open for some tasty treats too!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

No entrance fee - No need to book

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Historic Haslemere, West Street

Guided Haslemere Town Walk

  • 7 May 2017 2:30-4pm

Learn more about Haslemere High Street and the fascinating history of the town on this guided walk with local historian Tim Winter. Meet outside Haslemere Museum. No need to book, just turn up.

Admission

By Donation to Haslemere Museum

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Tea and Talk at Haslemere  Museum

Tea & Talk at the Museum – Haslemere since the Arrival of the Railway

  • 23 May 2017 2:30-4pm

Come along and enjoy our talks for adults with tea and biscuits! As part of local history month, join local historian Tim Winter to look at why, how, where and when the town developed and grew following the opening of the railway in 1859.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

Museum Members Free / Non Members £1

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

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.

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

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:-
£1.50/£2.00.

How to obtain

Contact: Haslemere educational Museum Education Officer, Maggie Monteath, 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

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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