Haslemere Educational Museum

78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey  GU27 2LA

Opening Times:
Open 10 am – 5.00 pm
Tuesday to Saturday
Admission by donation

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Sir Jonathan Hutchinson was a famous Quaker surgeon. In the 1860s he came to Haslemere and fell in love with the town. In 1888 Hutchinson formed a private museum in his garden barn based around botany, geology and social history. He established a revolutionary new role for museums by emphasising the importance of education for everyone. Haslemere Museum was one of the very first museums to include children. Hutchinson encouraged the open display of artefacts. He believed that people could learn as much through their hands as their eyes. This was in great contrast to other museums with their sealed cases and 'do not touch' signs.

Today Haslemere Educational Museum is one of the largest Natural History Museums in central southern England with over 240,000 specimens, along with over 140,000 Human History artefacts from around the World.

There are three large permanent galleries for Geology, Natural History and Human History artefacts, also with three temporary exhibition rooms, a library and a dedicated education room for people of all ages.

Contact Details:
Kate Braun
01428 642112

Learning Programmes:
We have a large variety of sessions for Foundation to KS2 including Humanities (Egyptians, Greeks) and Science (rocks and minerals, skeletons) based on the Museum handling collection and gallery displays.
Freshwater Studies in Summer Term – with the expertise of Surrey Wildlife Trust.
We are always looking to develop workshop ideas to suit different age groups e.g. KS3 – 5 and other curriculum areas. This is especially important in the present climate of curriculum change.
Please contact us to discuss your needs so we can work together to deliver quality educational experiences for your students.

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