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.
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.
Talks, Lectures and Workshops
Creative Wellbeing Workshops - From Bugs to Butterflies
Tuesday 3 July | 2.30pm - 4.30pm or 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Join professional local artist Diana Burch for a relaxing afternoon or evening of crafts. Taking inspiration from the butterflies and insects in our collections, create your own artwork to take home, using, among other things, wire and gold leaf.
Members £5 | Non Members £8 | Book in Advance
Tea and Talk: Civilisations
Tuesday 17 July | 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 Collections Manager, Lindsay Moreton for a talk focusing on the Museum's collection of local early Romano-British cinerary urns, which represent an interesting cultural transition period in the area.
Members Free | Non Members £3 | Includes tea and biscuits | No need to book
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Roger Dellar
Friday 27 July | 7.00pm
As part of the Museum's 130th anniversary celebrations, join professional local artist Roger Dellar ROI, PS, RI for an insightful talk about his remarkable work. Roger has won many awards both nationally and internationally and continues to exhibit in a number of prestigious galleries in the UK. There will be a unique opportunity to watch him painting during the evening too.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
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
Join professional local artist Diana Burch for a relaxing afternoon or evening of crafts. We will be looking to the natural world both in our collections and all around us for inspiration and will be using natural materials to create wonderful artwork.
Members £5 | Non Members £8 | Book in Advance
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Jeremy Hunt
Friday 28 September | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt 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 Loyd Grossman
Thursday 18 October | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Loyd Grossman 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 - Beautiful Bugs and Butterflies
Thursday 26 July | 10.30am - 1.00pm
To coincide with our summer exhibition , come along and join us for a fun-filled morning of arts and crafts with an invertebrate theme.
Members £2 | Non Members £4 | No need to book
Family Event - Tortoises, Turtles and Terrapins
Tuesday 7 August | 2.00pm - 4.00pm
Join Dr June Chatfield to learn all about these amazing creatures through visits to the galleries and meeting her tortoise.
Donations Welcome | No need to book
Family Event - Falconry Display
Wednesday 8 August | 1.00pm - 4.00pm
The FalconHigh Falconry Display Team will be here at 2.00pm & 3.30pm to give interactive flying displays. Children and adults can safely experience, at close quarters, the beauty of these birds in flight. With talks and static display so you can experience real close up encounters with these beautiful birds.
Members £3 | Non Members £5 per person | Tea Room Open | No need to book
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 learn about our bees, visit the observation hive and enjoy lots of bee related craft activities.
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
To celebrate Heritage Open Days and the Museum's 130th Anniversary, we will have a special trail and children's activities. Come along, join the fun and why not visit our tea room to enjoy tea and cake?.
Free Entry | No need to book
Family Event - Big Arts
Saturday 6 October | 12.30pm - 4.30pm
Continuing with our magical elephant and dragon theme this is a chance for the whole family to explore their artistic nature 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
In collaboration with Visit Haslemere. Come along and make Halloween related crafts. Bring a pumpkin or squash to carve and take part in our Halloween procession through Haslemere, which starts at the Museum at 4.30 pm and finishes in the town's central car park.
Members £2 | Non Members £4 | No need to book
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), follow our special trail, do a magical colouring and listen to magical tales read by our partners for the event Haslemere Bookshop. Part of Museums at Night & our magical Museum events.
Members £4 | Non Members £6 | Book in advance | Tea Room and Bar Open
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.
Busy Buzzy Bees
Friday 22 June | 10.30am - 11.30am
Come and visit our beehive and learn all about the bees who live at the Museum.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
And After That He Ate Them!
Friday 6 July | 1.30pm - 2.30pm
Come and find out all about different invertebrates through local artist Leon Hill's fun book and then look in the garden to see what we can find.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
Wings and Things
Friday 20 July | 10.30am - 11.30am
Join us in the Museum garden to explore the world of birds and insects.
Children £2 | Adults £1 | No need to book
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
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.
Investigating Invertabrates
Saturday 7 July | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Join us as we look into the world of invertebrates and find out how important they are to us, with a chance to look in the grounds and also investigate our handling collection.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Investigating Insects - Lego Challenge
Tuesday 31 July | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Join Brilliant Bricks for an exciting morning of Lego! Betty Brickley and Brad Brickston are joining a team of entomologists to discover new species of insect. Build a bug capturing machine, build the place to explore & build the new species you discover.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Stained Glass Insects
Thursday 2 August | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Taking inspiration from our stained glass window and our Beautiful Butterflies & Marvellous Minibeasts exhibition, create your own stain glass style picture to take home.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Weird & Wonderful Wire & Wood Insects
Tuesday 7 August | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Create your very own insect, bug, butterfly or other creepy crawly using an assortment of pieces of wood and wire.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
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 make related masks.
Members £5 | Non Members £7 | Booking advisable
Magical Museum
Tuesday 23 October | 10.30am - 12.00pm
Museums can be magical places with their wonderful objects and their mythical links. Come and discover some of our more magical objects and the stories that go with 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 make your own.
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.

The Haslemere Gin Festival 2018
Saturday 23 June | 7.00pm - 11.00pm
Haslemere will host its first ever Gin Festival jointly organised by Visit Haslemere and the Museum. Gin enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet local distillers in person, chat about their gin and sample unusual and intriguing varieties, take part in informative masterclasses which will take place throughout the evening and hear talks from gin industry experts. There will also be a selection of live music and some fantastic food too.
Tickets for this event have now SOLD OUT and there will be no tickets available to purchase on the night.
Creative Wellbeing Workshops - From Bugs to Butterflies
Tuesday 3 July | 2.30pm - 4.30pm or 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Join professional local artist Diana Burch for a relaxing afternoon or evening of crafts. Taking inspiration from the butterflies and insects in our collections, create your own artwork to take home, using, among other things, wire and gold leaf.
Members £5 | Non Members £8 | Book in Advance
Historic Haslemere Guided Town Walk - High Street - DUE TO UNFORESSEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS WALK HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Sunday 8 July | 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
Chapterhouse Theatre Company - Sense and Sensibility
Wednesday 25 July | 7.00pm | Doors open for picnics from 5.30pm
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company as they perform magical theatre for the first time at the Museum this summer. 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 Chapterhouse Theatre Company
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Roger Dellar
Friday 27 July | 7.00pm
As part of the Museum's 130th anniversary celebrations, join professional local artist Roger Dellar ROI, PS, RI for an insightful talk about his remarkable work. Roger has won many awards both nationally and internationally and continues to exhibit in a number of prestigious galleries in the UK. There will be a unique opportunity to watch him painting during the evening too.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
Historic Haslemere Guided Town Walk - Sicklemill, Shottermill and Weyhill
Sunday 5 August | 2.30pm
Learn more about Sicklemill, Shottermill and Wey Hill areas, on this guided town walk with local historian Tim Winter. The walk starts at Wey Hill fairground car park. Approximately two miles and includes a steep hill and footbridge.
Suggested Donation £2.50 to the Museum | No need to book
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 our 130th Anniversary, we will have a special trail and children's activities. 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
Creative Wellbeing Workshops - Autumn Beauty
Tuesday 25 September | 2.30pm-4.30pm or 7.00pm-9.00pm
Join professional local artist Diana Burch for a relaxing afternoon or evening of crafts. We will be looking to the natural world both in our collections and all around us for inspiration and will be using natural materials to create wonderful artwork.
Members £5 | Non Members £8 | Book in Advance
130th Anniversary Talk - Museum Patron Jeremy Hunt
Friday 28 September | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt as he gives a talk for our 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance
Foxbridge Golf Day
Thursday 28 September | 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 Loyd Grossman
Thursday 18 October | 7.00pm
Join Museum patron Loyd Grossman as he gives a talk for our 130th anniversary celebrations.
Members £10 | Non Members £12 | Includes welcome drink | Book in Advance