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.
Haslemere Museum_Original Christmas card designed by Godfrey Blount, early 1900s, a founder of the Haslemere Peasant Arts Movement

Crafty Christmas Creative Wellbeing Workshops at Haslemere Museum

  • 27 November 2018 2:30-4:30pm, 7-9pm

Facilitated by local professional artist Diana Burch, each session focuses on wellbeing and is a fun way to take some time out of your busy day to day life. As the festive season approaches, come along and create your own Christmas crafts and decorations using an array of festive materials.

This event has been kindly sponsored by The Arts Society Haslemere as part of their charitable ‘Arts in the Community’ project

To find out more visit, www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


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

Haslemere Musseum Gardens and Grounds

130th Anniversary Talk at Haslemere Museum – Sir Rob Margetts, CBE FREng, FIChemE

  • 29 November 2018 7-9pm

As part of the Museum's 130th anniversary celebrations, join patron Sir Rob Margetts as gives a fascinating talk recounting his personal experiences of doing business in Russia over the past 40 years.

Sir Rob has been Deputy Chairman of a major Russian-based mining company, PJSC Uralkali, listed on both the London and Moscow Exchanges, for over 7 years. He has also been Chairman of Legal & General Group PLC, Vice Chairman of ICI PLC, Chairman of BOC Group PLC and Director of English China Clays, the Senior Non-Executive Director of Anglo American PLC and a director of many other international companies and organisations.

With the profile of Russia currently so visible, discover more about the ways the country has evolved over nearly half a century.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Members £10 | Non Members £12 |Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance



Christmas at Haslemere Museum

Christmas at Haslemere Museum

  • 2 — 24 December 2018

Haslemere Museum has a host of festive events planned this Christmas.

On Sunday 2 December, the Museum opens for the Haslemere Christmas market where there will be an abundance of stalls and activities, including face painting and even Santa will be making an appearance. The Museum tea room will also be open for seasonal treats too.

During the week leading up to Christmas, Santa's Victorian Parlour will open from Thursday 20 December where children can visit Santa as he takes time out before Christmas to relax in his charming Victorian parlour. Your little ones can tell him all their special Christmas wishes and each child will receive a gift to take home. The Haslemere Mummers return on Saturday 22 December when they will give a special 50th anniversary performance of this traditional local Christmas folk play, full of colourful characters and comic drama.

Throughout December, there will be lots of festive workshops for children taking place including Early Years for under 5s and Museum Explorers for children aged 5-11 years. Younger visitors can also enjoy the ’12 Days of Christmas’ trail whilst exploring the galleries.

The Museum shop will also be open and stocked with a fabulous selection of festive decorations and greetings cards, stylish ladies accessories, gifts for men, delicious homemade jam and honey, beautiful stationery, traditional children's toys, stocking fillers and books for all ages - so get Christmas all wrapped up and find presents for your friends and family. Why not treat them to a Museum gift membership - the perfect present that lasts all year!

For more details, visit www.haslemeremuseum.co.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age


Please see website for details of costings for events

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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