Red House Museum and Gardens

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A charming Georgian building (originally the town's workhouse) filled with a rich variety of displays and objects with a local theme. A herb garden, old fashioned rose and herbaceous borders, gift shop, coffee shop, a changing exhibitions programme, as well as a varied programme of events and activities for adults and children, make this a fascinating place to visit.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Gallery

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sun 14.00-17.00
Spring & Summer Bank Holiday Mondays 10.00-17.00
Last admission 16.30

Closed: Sun before 14.00
Mon (except Spring & Summer Bank Holidays)
Good Friday
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges

Free admission

Displays include the archaeological material from Christchurch and the surrounding area; a large social history & bygones gallery featuring Victorian and Edwardian objects on many themes; the Herbert Druitt Costume Gallery (currently displaying wedding dresses 1820s-1960s) and a 1930s room setting with furniture by local Arts & Crafts maker Arthur Romney Green.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

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.
three children with their carved pumpkins

Red House Museum at Night

  • 30 October 2015 5-7pm

The museum is opening after hours for a special event as part of our Pumpkin Festival and Museums at Night. Enjoy live music, mulled cider and Soul Cakes and have a go at some fun All Hallow Eve games. Plus, prizes for the best fancy dress costume. Then join us at 6.30pm for a torch light walk through our dark, dark wood…if you dare! Don’t forget your torch!

Suitable for

  • Any age


Cost: £3 per person incl. refreshments. Drop in, no need to book. Pay on the door. All ages welcome. Outdoor event so wrap up warm

Red House Museum and Gardens
Quay Road
BH23 1BU

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01202 482860

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