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.

The 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

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

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.
Mill Cottage Farm at Haslemere Museum

May Half Term at Haslemere Museum

  • 29 May — 2 June 2018

There’s plenty of activities for all the family this May half-term at Haslemere Museum.

Museum Explorers takes place on Tuesday 29 May where young visitors can discover more about the amazing wildlife that lives in the Museum’s beautiful spring fed pond. On Saturday 2 June where not come along and enjoy a morning of rockets to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first manned flight of a rocket powered aircraft. The sessions run from 10.30am – 12pm and are suitable for children aged 5-11 years – parents do not need to stay. (booking advisable).

Early Birds takes place on Wednesday 30 May. A friendly morning session enabling families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition to enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the public. The Museum will open early at 9am until 10am and families can explore the galleries at their own pace and in a calm, relaxed environment. There will also be the opportunity to handle special objects too.

Don’t miss the family drop in event on Thursday 31 May when Mill Cottage Farm comes to the Museum! There will be a selection of very friendly farm animals to feed, groom and stroke in the Museum's beautiful gardens. There will also be a range of arts and crafts activities too. The event runs from 11.00am to 3pm so why not bring a picnic and stay for lunch!

The galleries are full of interactive fun too including quizzes, puzzles and dressing up available every day as well as backpacks offering a variety of activities for children to do whilst exploring the galleries. Look out for the half term gallery trail too!

For more information on all the events and activities taking place throughout May half term visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age


Admission by Donation | Museum Open Tuesday to Saturday | 10am-5pm

The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company

Outdoor Theatre at Haslemere Museum - The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company

  • 9 June 2018 7:30-10pm

The beautiful grounds of the Museum provide the perfect setting for outdoor theatre events this summer, so why not grab a picnic and head to the lawns of the Museum and enjoy a highly entertaining evening. The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company, who specialise in iconic outdoor theatre, will be returning to the Museum this year, with a new play - 'Oberon's Cure' - a beautiful poetic play where the human and fairy worlds collide in this hilarious prequel to 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. Tickets available from www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17


Tickets at £16 with concessions are available from www.therudemechanicaltheatre.co.uk

Creative Wellbeing Workshops at Haslemere Museum

Creative Wellbeing Workshops - From Bugs to Butterflies

  • 3 July 2018 2:30-4:30pm, 7-9pm

Join professional local artist Diana Burch for a relaxing afternoon or evening of crafts in the beautiful setting of Haslemere Museum. Taking inspiration from the butterflies and insects in the Museum’s collections, create your own artwork to take home, using, among other things, wire and gold leaf. Each session focuses on wellbeing and is a fun way to take some time out of your busy day to day life. Memberships are available and include discount on talks, lectures and events, 10% discount on all purchases in the shop, and much more. To find out more visit, www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Members £5 | Non Members £8 | Book in Advance



Chapterhouse Theatre Company - Sense and Sensibility

Outdoor Theatre at Haslemere Museum - Chapterhouse Theatre Company – Sense and Sensibility

  • 25 July 2018 7-9pm

The beautiful grounds of the Museum provide the perfect setting for outdoor theatre theatre this summer, so why not grab a picnic and head to the lawns and enjoy a highly entertaining evening.
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company as they perform magical theatre under the stars with Sense and Sensibility. As Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society, this exquisite and lively tale, follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner. Tickets available from www.chapterhouse.org

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 11-13


Tickets from £16 available from www.chapterhouse.org



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.

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

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

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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