Haslemere Educational Museum
Culture & Learning Since 1888
What's On at the Museum
Exhibitions
Beautiful Butterflies and Magnificent Minibeasts
Saturday 30 June - Saturday 1 September
Discover the wonderful world of butterflies and minibeasts in this new family friendly exhibition. Find out lots of fascinating facts and learn more about these much-loved creatures. There will be plenty of interactive enjoyment too, including touchable cut out models, dressing up, puzzles, garden trails and much more. The Museum will also be hosting an array of fun themed family drop in events and workshops throughout the summer to accompany the exhibition.
Gifted: Uncovering the Stories behind the Collections
Tuesday 3 July - Saturday 1 September
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.
Frank Brangwyn: The Graphic Art of the First World War
Saturday 8 - Saturday 29 September
An exhibition containing a selection of poster designs of the First World War by Frank Brangwyn (1867-1956),revealing scenes of life during the war. A Leicestershire Museum Service Touring Exhibition. .
The Haslemere Art Society
Saturday 8 - Saturday 15 September
An exhibition showcasing a variety of mixed media work - sculptures, paintings, pottery all produced by this very talented group of local artists. .
Surrey Contemporaries
Wednesday 19 September - Saturday 6 October
Surrey Contemporaries are a group of local artists who enjoy exhibiting their art together. Each artist has their own individual style, but all paint in a modern, contemporary way. Using mainly acrylics and oils, their work covers a diverse range of subjects; from landscapes to life, animals to abstract or still life to seascapes.
A Different Slant on Things
Thursday 11th October - Saturday 27th October
Peter Searight returns to the Museum with a different perspective on his award winning Sussex landscapes and photographs from around the UK - and the world! Peter wants visitors to connect with the work on display, and will be offering a workshop on Lynchmere commons and an evening 'preview' to give an opportunity to find out firsthand about the story behind each picture! He and Louise are also running a photographic competition in Lynchmere to support The Lynchmere Society.
Fired Works - Wey Ceramics
Saturday 3 November - Saturday 24 November
An exciting an array of new ceramics to both view and purchase will be on display. There will be sculptural, decorative and domestic pieces in porcelain, stoneware and earthenware all finished in stunning glazes, subtle pit fired colours or fascinating raku fired textures.
High Days and Holidays
Saturday 1 December - Saturday 29 December
An exhibition of paintings from artist and portrait painter Christopher Cole's art classes. This show is a display of enthusiasm, recently acquired skills and sheer joy. If art is about individual self-expression, then here you will see plenty. There is colour, form and atmosphere and the theme is one that inspires us all, so do come and see for yourself..
Talks, Lectures and Workshops
Tea and Talk: The Discovery of New to Science Minerals
Tuesday 18 September | 2.30pm
Looking for something different to do? Then why not come along and enjoy our informal talks for adults with tea and biscuits. Join John Betterton as he gives a short historical account of his discovery of two new to science minerals from Cornwall.
Members FREE | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
Creative Wellbeing Workshops - Autumn Beauty
Tuesday 25 September | 2.30pm - 4.30pm or 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Want to learn something new and create your very own artwork? Then why not come along to the Museum and enjoy a creative wellbeing workshop. Facilitated by professional local artist Diana Burch, the workshops focus on wellbeing and are a fun way to take some time out of your busy day to day life. Take inspiration from both the natural world and our collections and using natural materials, create wonderful artwork.
Members £5 | Non Members £8 | Book in Advance
130th Anniversary Talk
Friday 28 September | 7.00pm
Join local MP and Museum patron as he gives a talk for our 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Loyd Grossman
Thursday 18 October | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Loyd Grossman as he gives a fascinating talk on The Royal Parks for our 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
NHS/Museum Lecture - A Natural History Hajj to Saudi Arabia | Speaker: John Weatherburn
Saturday 12 November | 2.15pm
John, ex-President of The Travelling Naturalists of Eastern Saudi Arabia, will give a presentation on features of Saudi Arabia's stunning geological and botanical landscape, and his experiences of travelling in the region known to Lawrence of Arabia.
Museum and NHS Members Free | Guests and Non Members £4 | No need to book
Tea and Talk: Bird Migration and Art
Tuesday 20 November | 2.30pm
Looking for something different to do? Then why not come along and enjoy our informal talks for adults with tea and biscuits. Join Alan Perry to look at the book sponsored from the estate of our late Trustee Penny Hollow, showing artists in Africa on the migration route and some of the birds making that journey.
Members FREE | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Sir Rob Margetts
Thursday 29 November | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Sir Rob Margetts as he gives a talk for our 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
Creative Wellbeing Workshops - Crafty Christmas
Tuesday 27 November| 2.30pm - 4.30pm or 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Want to learn something new and create your very own artwork? Then why not go along to the Museum and enjoy a creative wellbeing workshop. Facilitated by professional local artist Diana Burch, the workshops focus on wellbeing and are a fun way to take some time out of your busy day to day life. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening making Christmas crafts and decorations using an array of materials.
Members £5 | Non Members £8 | Book in Advance
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Sir Rob Margetts
Thursday 29 November | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Sir Rob Margetts as he gives a talk for our 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
Family Events
Family Event - Early Birds
Monday 20 August | 11.00am - 1.00pm
Special opening for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, to come along and enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. The galleries will be open and there will be an opportunity to handle special objects too.
By Donation to the Museum | Booking Essential
Family Event - Teddy Bears' Picnic
Thursday 23 August | 1.30pm - 4.00pm
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon with a traditional picnic and mini fete in our beautiful gardens. There will be games, face painting, stalls and more. Bring your teddy for a photo with the Museum's famous mascot Arthur the bear and enter our competition for 'Best Victorian Dressed Teddy' .
Free Entry | Children's Picnic Tea and Goody Bag £4 | Book Picnic Tea in Advance
Family Event - Get Buzzing
Tuesday 28 August | 10.30am - 1.00pm
Come along and discover the wonderful world of bees, visit our the observation hive and enjoy lots of bee arts and crafts activities too.
Members £2 | Non Members £4 | No need to book
Family Event - Build a Minibeast Challenge
Thursday 30 August | 10.15am - 11.30am or 12pm - 1.15pm
Join Brilliant Bricks to design and build a Lego minibeast - what type of invertebrate will you build, maybe a completely new species? Please note that models cannot be taken home & numbers in the room may be limited for Health & Safety reasons.
Members £3 | Non Members £5 | No need to book
Family Event - Heritage Open Days
Saturday 8 September | 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Come along and celebrate Heritage Open Days and the Museum's 130th Anniversary, with a special trail and arts and crafts activities for children. Enjoy delicosu afternoon tea all in the glorious setting of the Museum's beautiful garden.
Free Entry | No need to book
Family Event - Big Arts
Saturday 6 October | 12.30pm - 3.00pm
As part of our magical elephant and dragon theme, this is a wonderful opportunity for the whole family to explore their artistic talent and add to our collaborative giant collage.
Donations Welcome | No need to book | Tea Room Open
Family Event - Early Birds
Wednesday 24 October | 9.00am - 10.00am
Special opening for families with children who have an Autism Spectrum Condition, to come along and enjoy the Museum free from the hustle and bustle of the general public. The galleries will be open and there will be an opportunity to handle special objects too.
By Donation to the Museum | Booking Essential
Family Event - Haunted Halloween
Friday 26 October | 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Calling all little witches, wizards, ghosts and ghouls! Dress up in your scariest costume and come along to the Museum for some spooky fun! Enjoy creepy crafts and pumpkin carving (bring your own pumpkin or squash) and join us in our Halloween procession through the town, leaving from the museum at 4.30pm and finishes in the town's central car park. Jointly organised with Visit Haslemere.
Members £2 | Non Members £4 | No need to book | Tea Room Open
Family Event - The Museum at Night
Saturday 27 October | 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Enjoy a special Halloween opening of the Museum. Explore the dark galleries (bring a torch), to discover the Museum's wonderful artefacts - there will even be some spooky surprised in store! Follow the special trail and do a magical colouring and listen to magical tales read by our partners for the event Haslemere Bookshop. Part of Museums at Night & Magical Museum events.
Members £4 | Non Members £6 | Book in advance | Tea Room and Bar Open
Family Event - Firework and Bonfire Evening
Saturday 3 November | Doors open 6.30pm | Fireworks 7.30pm followed by lighting of the bonfire
Make sure you celebrate Bonfire night in style this November at the Museum. There will be a dazzling firework show by FAB Fireworks and as the night draws in, the event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit. There will of course be seasonal food and drink available too including burgers, hotdogs and mulled wine! Wrap up and enjoy a show of spectacular colours in the beautiful Museum garden! Priority booking to Museum Members only throughout September at £6 per person to be booked in advance. Tickets for Non-members of the Museum will go on sale from 2nd October at £8 per person. Membership of the Museum provides a fantastic opportunity directly support the Museum and enjoy an exclusive range of benefits in return including generous discounts on family workshops, events and talks, 10% discount on all purchases in the Museum shop and much more!
Members £6 | Non Members £8 | Book in advance | Bar Open
Visit Santa at the Museum
Sunday 2 December | 11.00am - 3.00pm
Santa will be paying a surprise visit to the Museum as part of the Haslemere Christmas Market. So bring your little ones along to meet Santa where they can tell him all their special Christmas wishes. Each child will receive a gift to take home. The Museum Tea Room will be open for tasty seasonal treats too.
Free Entry | £3 per child for Santa Visit | No need to book | Tea Room Open
Santa's Victorian Parlour at the Museum
Thursday 20 December | 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 December | 10.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 24 December | 10.30am - 12.30pm
Come and visit Santa as he takes times 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.
Members £4 | Non Members £5 | No need to book
Haslemere Mummers
Saturday 22 December | 11.00am
Come along to the special 50th anniversary performance of this traditional play, 20 minutes of family fun for everyone!
Donations Welcome | No need to book
Early Years
Come along and enjoy our fun-filled Early Years sessions for children under 5 and their parents and carers. Our sessions have a relaxed atmosphere where children can listen to a story and get hands-on with a craft activity.
Maisie Goes to the Museum
Friday 7 September | 10.30am - 11.30am
Join us for this story and see how Haslemere Museum differs from the museum Maisie visits.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Three Little Pigs
Friday 21 September | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Make puppets and/or houses to act out this very popular children's story.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Lovely Leaves
Friday 5 October | 10.30am - 11.30am
Join us to turn some lovely leaves into colourful autumnal pictures.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Handa's Surprise
Friday 2 November | 10.30am - 11.30am
Listen to this colourful story and explore the exciting colours and patterns found in the galleries. Create your own artificial bowl of fruit.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
As Quiet as a Mouse
Friday 16 November | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Join us for this fun action story and make a mouse finger puppet.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Friday 30 November | 10.30am - 11.30am
Come with us on an expedition to find a bear and act out the popular story.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Christmas Decorations
Friday 14 December | 10.30am - 11.30am
Listen to a festive story and make your very own Christmas decoration to take home.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
museum explorers
Museum Explorers is a group for 5-11 year olds (parents do not need to stay). Join us once a month on a Saturday and selected dates throughout the school holidays and enjoy a variety of subjects and activities based around our diverse collections, exhibitions, or seasonal and national events.
Clay Creations
Tuesday 14 August | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Join Jan Hite, ceramist and sculptor to create not only functional but also beautiful bug houses to help encourage these amazing creatures into our gardens.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Fantastic Frames
Thursday 16 August | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Make not only a frame but a fantastic artwork to go inside it. Will it be inspired by our summer exhibition or something else in the Museum?
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Special Stamps
Tuesday 21 August | 10.30am - 12.00pm
See how stamps are used to commemorate people and events and design a commemorative stamp for the Museum's 130th anniversary.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Harvest Muesli
Saturday 1 September | 10.30am - 12.00pm
As the summer starts to wane and thoughts turn to harvest, join Maggie Barlow from Imbhams Farm Granary to learn about different grains from field to cereal bowl and make your own muesli to take home.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Magical Elephants and Dragons
Saturday 6 October | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Join us we look at the mythology surrounding elephants and dragons and create your own magical mask.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Magical Museum
Tuesday 23 October | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Museums can be magical places with their wonderful treasures and mythical links. Come along and discover some of our more magical objects and the stories behind them.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Lithuanian Sirdeles
Saturday 3 November | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Lithuania has a rich tradition of making art by paper cutting. Find out more and learn what a Sirdele is and then create your own.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Colourful Calendars
Saturday 1 December | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Create your own advent calendar to count down the days before Christmas as well as a calendar for the New Year.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Merry Christmas Makes
Saturday 22 December | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Enjoy a fun filled morning with lots of Christmas arts and crafts activities.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
special events
130th Anniversary Celebrations

Haslemere Museum is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year and to celebrate this milestone, we have a whole range of activities planned throughout the year. Highlights include a series of special events including anniversary talks by distinguished Museum patrons and guided gallery and garden tours.

As part of the celebrations, the Museum will be looking for people to contribute their memories to the 'Memories of the Museum' project. Using a mixture of oral and written memories, they want to build a picture of how the Museum has impacted on people's lives. As part of the project, the Museum would love to hear from anybody who has any memories about the Museum that they would like to share. This could be an event you may have attended, or a photograph or even story you wish to tell. The project will launch later this month and people will be able to contribute to the project online through the website, or in person at the Museum.

Keep checking our website for more information and make sure you are the first to find out what special celebrations are planned.

Sunset Cinema presents 'The Greatest Showman'
Saturday 1 September | Film starts 8.15pm | Doors open from 6.30pm
Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. So why not grab a picnic and head to our lawns and enjoy a highly entertaining evening at the Museum.
Tickets at £15 with concessions available from Sunset Cinema
Historic Haslemere Guided Town Walk - High Street
Sunday 2 September | 2.30pm
Discover more about the fascinating history of the town on this guided town walk with local historian Tim Winter. Meet outside Haslemere Museum.
Suggested Donation £2.50 to the Museum | No need to book
Tenmis, Laughter and Lunch!
Thursday 6 September | timings to be confirmed
Play on a court in the Haslemere area then enjoy a light lunch at the Museum before returning for the final match at Haslemere Recreation Ground and prize giving. To book please contact Jo Allen on joallenhighfield@hotmail.com or telephone 01428 643565.
Players £15 to include a light lunch | Book in advance
Heritage Open Days
Saturday 8 September | 2.00pm - 4.00pm
To celebrate Heritage Open Days 2018 and the Museum's 130th Anniversary, enjoy a special trail and arts and crafts activities for children. Come along, join the fun and why not visit our tea room to enjoy tea and cake?
Free Entry | No need to book
Haslemere Food Festival - Lion Green
Saturday 22 September | 10.00am-4.00pm
Highlighting all that is great about local produce, enjoy a fun packed day of demonstrations, children's entertainment (including an activity tent in partnership with the Museum), music, demonstrations and much, much more.
Free Entry
130th Anniversary Talk
Friday 28 September | 7.00pm
Join local MP and Museum patron as he gives a talk for our 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
Foxbridge Golf Day
Friday 5 October | tee off times vary
Get a team of four together and play at this popular venue in Kirdford in aid of the Museum. Bacon rolls on arrival, 18 holes of golf with halfway refreshments and buffet after play. To register your team please email karen@haslemeremuseum.co.uk.
Team of 4 £200 | Book in advance
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Loyd Grossman
Thursday 18 October | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Loyd Grossman as he gives an insightful talk on The Royal Parks as part of the Museum's 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
Family Event - Firework and Bonfire Evening
Saturday 3 November | Doors open 6.30pm | Fireworks 7.30pm followed by lighting of the bonfire
Make sure you celebrate Bonfire night in style this November at the Museum. There will be a dazzling firework show by FAB Fireworks and as the night draws in, the event is sure to warm up when the bonfire is lit. There will of course be seasonal food and drink available too including burgers, hotdogs and mulled wine! Wrap up and enjoy a show of spectacular colours in the beautiful Museum garden! Priority booking to Museum Members only throughout September at £6 per person to be booked in advance. Tickets for Non-members of the Museum will go on sale from 2nd October at £8 per person. Membership of the Museum provides a fantastic opportunity directly support the Museum and enjoy an exclusive range of benefits in return including generous discounts on family workshops, events and talks, 10% discount on all purchases in the Museum shop and much more!
Members £6 | Non Members £8 | Book in advance | Bar Open
Bridge and Afternoon Tea
Friday 9 November | 1.30pm-4.45pm
An afternoon of bridge with a delicious tea (please bring your own table, cloth & pencils). There will be a raffle and best score prizes. To book please contact Beryl Bishop on beryl.bishop@clara.co.uk or telephone 01428 661486.
Tables of 4 £40 | Book in advance
NHS/Museum Lecture - A Natural History Hajj to Saudi Arabia | Speaker: John Weatherburn
Saturday 12 November | 2.15pm
Join John Weatherburn, ex-President of The Travelling Naturalists of Eastern Saudi Arabia, for an insightful presentation on features of Saudi Arabia's stunning geological and botanical landscape, and his experiences of travelling in the region known to Lawrence of Arabia.
Museum and NHS Members Free | Guests and Non Members £4 | No need to book
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Sir Rob Margetts
Thursday 29 November | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Sir Rob Margetts as he gives an insightful talk as part of the Museum's 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
Visit Santa at the Museum
Sunday 2 December | 11.00am - 3.00pm
Santa will be paying a surprise visit to the Museum as part of the Haslemere Christmas Market. So bring your little ones along to meet Santa where they can tell him all their special Christmas wishes. Each child will receive a gift to take home. The Museum Tea Room will be open for tasty seasonal treats too.
Free Entry | £3 per child for Santa Visit | No need to book | Tea Room Open
Santa's Victorian Parlour at the Museum
Thursday 20 December | 12.00pm - 4.00pm
Friday 21 & Saturday 22 December | 10.30am - 4.30pm
Monday 24 December | 10.30am - 12.30pm
Come and visit Santa as he takes times 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.
Members £4 | Non Members £5 | No need to book
Haslemere Mummers
Saturday 22 December | 11.00am
Come along to the special 50th anniversary performance of this traditional play, 20 minutes of family fun for everyone!
Donations Welcome | No need to book