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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Haslemere Museum Garden

Beautiful Butterflies and Magnificent Minibeasts

  • 30 June — 1 September 2018 *on now

A summer of fun is planned at Haslemere Museum with an exciting array of events to entertain you and your little ones. Don’t miss the exciting family friendly exhibition ‘Beautiful Butterflies and Magnificent Minibeasts’, where you can find out lots of fascinating facts and discover more about these much-loved creatures. There will be plenty of interactive enjoyment too, including touchable cut out models, dressing up, puzzles, a garden trail and much more.

The Museum will also be hosting lots of themed family drop in events and workshops throughout the holidays including Bugs and Butterflies on 26 July, Wonderful Wire Wood Insects on 7 August, and Build a Minibeast Lego Challenge on 30 August.
Other summer delights include a Falconry Display on 8 August, where you can experience at close quarters, the beauty of these magnificent birds in flight. There will be a Teddy Bears Picnic and Mini Fete on 23 August with a tea party traditional games, face painting, fun stalls and more. Bring your teddy for a photo with the Museum’s famous mascot, Arthur the Bear and enter the competition for ‘Best Victorian Dressed Teddy Bear’.

Enjoy the beautiful gardens which include an observation beehive where you can see the busy bees working during the summer months. Why not make a day of it, stay and bring a picnic!

Keep an eye on the Museum’s website and social media pages, to keep up to date with everything that is going on throughout the summer, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age


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



Haslemere Museum - Natural History Collection

Gifted: Uncovering the Stories behind the Collections

  • 3 July — 1 September 2018 *on now

Don't miss this intriguing exhibition, which uncovers the fascinating stories behind the collectors who gifted their wonderful treasures to the Museum. From beautiful taxidermy birds to Ancient Egyptian objects, this is a unique opportunity to see rarely displayed artefacts and learn more about how they became part of the Museum's rich and diverse collections. To find out more visit, www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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



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.
Roger Dellar, West Street, Haslemere

130 Anniversary Talk at Haslemere Museum - Roger Dellar

  • 27 July 2018 7-9pm

s part of our 130th anniversary celebrations, we are delighted to be hosting a series of talks by distinguished Museum patrons. These begin on Friday 27 July where you can join professional local artist Roger Dellar ROI, PS, RI, for an insightful talk about his work.

Roger Dellar is a successful artist and works from his studio in Surrey. He has a keen interest in people and their behaviour, and is fascinated by the way the play of light transforms a subject; either working in the studio or plein air. His favourite subjects are Portraits, People in their Environments, and capturing the effects of light and atmosphere.

He is a member of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) and The Pastel Society (PS). He is also a member of the highly prestigious group of painters called the Wapping Group. During his career, Roger has won many awards including the RI Llewellyn Alexander Award, numerous ROI awards and Pastel Society awards amongst others. He continues to exhibit in a number of prestigious galleries in the UK.

This is a unique opportunity to watch him paint a scene from a Museum garden party, where he will guide you through his thought process as an artist

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Museum Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink



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.

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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