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.

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.
The Arrest

Historic Haslemere - An Exhibition at Haslemere Museum

  • 6 January — 3 March 2018 *on now

An exhibition which reveals the fascinating history of Haslemere told through beautifully illustrated story boards where visitors will be taken on a journey about the history of the town. Some interesting and rare exhibits will also be on display as well as five paintings depicting the 1786 murder of an unknown sailor at Hindhead. The vicious nature of the crime shocked local people and the murder became famous nationwide. For anyone interested in local history, this exhibition is a must! To find out more, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Admission

Admission by Donation to Haslemere Museum

Across the Common – Haslemere’, George Gordon Byron Cooper, 1894

Byron Cooper – Tennyson’s Country - An Exhibition at Haslemere Museum

  • 6 January — 3 March 2018 *on now

A wonderful exhibition showcasing the Museum’s collection of works by the eminent Victorian artist, George Gordon Byron Cooper. The poetry of Alfred, Lord Tennyson, inspired Byron Cooper to depict the dramatic landscapes and vivid emotions evoked in his prose. To find out more, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission by Donation to Haslemere Museum

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.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.
Amphora Fragment showing Herakles fighting the three-bodied warrier Geryan

Civilisations Festival Day at Haslemere Museum

  • 3 March 2018 10:30am-4pm

The Civilisations Festival is an exciting partnership between museums, galleries and the BBC to coincide with the broadcast of BBC Arts' Civilisations series in the Spring. As part of the festival, the Museum will be showcasing a range of events to engage and inspire adults and children focused on the various civilisations represented in our diverse collections. Highlights include insightful gallery talks based around local early Romano-British cinerary urns representing an interesting cultural transition period in the local area as well as object handling sessions enabling visitors to touch and explore objects from the Egyptian collection. The Museum will also be running a family drop in art workshop led by professional local artist Diana Burch using objects from the extensive collection of Asian artefacts and a European inspired crafts session for children aged 5-11years.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission by Donation to Haslemere Museum

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Haslemere Museum Family Garden Event

Celebrate Spring at Haslemere Museum

  • 3 — 13 April 2018

The signs of Spring are popping up everywhere and there is plenty to look forward too at the Museum during the school Spring holidays. On Tuesday 3rd April there will be a family drop in event. Young visitors can enjoy lots of spring crafts where there will be everything they need to make a spring paper lamb and decorative bunch of daffodils. The event runs from 11.00am to 3pm so why not bring a picnic and stay for lunch! Discover more about the Romans at a family drop in event on Tuesday 10th April and enjoy a fun-filled morning of Roman arts and crafts activities. Museum Explorer workshops run on selected dates throughout the holidays (parents do not need to stay!), and themes range from Marvellous Maps to Brilliant Birds to creating your own breakfast cereal. The sessions run from 10.30am – 12pm and are suitable for children aged 5-11 years (booking advisable). For more details on all the events and workshops taking place including timings and costings, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Admission by Donation to Haslemere Museum
For more details on all the events and workshops taking place throughout the school including timings and costings, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.oc.uk

Haslemere Museum_Plant Sale

Plant Sale at Haslemere Museum

  • 12 — 22 May 2018

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 Tea Room will also be open for some tasty treats too! To find out more, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free Entrance

Website

http://www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Tea and Talk at Haslemere Museum

Tea and Talk at Haslemere Museum: St Christopher’s – the Daughter Church

  • 22 May 2018 2:30-4pm

Looking for something different to do? Then why not go along and enjoy the Museum’s informal talks for adults with tea and biscuits. Join Frankie Gaiter, former Church Warden, to discover more about Haslemere’s other church. Memberships are available and include exclusive Members’ only events, generous discounts on talks and lectures, 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

Admission

Museum Members FREE - Non Members £3 | No need to book

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.

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

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.

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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