Opening Times 2020

Garden's Opening 4th July 2020 - Museum Building Remaining Closed For Now.
2 January - 31 March Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm
1 April - 30 June Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 5.00pm
1 July – 30 September Monday - Sunday 10.30am - 5.00pm
1 October – 31 October Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 5.00pm
1 Nov – 31 December Tuesday - Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm
Christmas Eve Thursday 10.30am - 3.00pm
We are also open on Bank Holidays, and Easter Monday.

Cafe Opening Times 2020

Monday -Friday 8.30am - 2.30pm Saturday - Sunday 8.30am - 4.30pm
We are also open on Bank Holidays, and Easter Monday. Openings may depend on events happening at the museum and in the cafe.

Admission Charges 2020

Adult Full Entry £12.00
Concession Full Entry £11.00
Garden Only £7.50
Garden Only Concession £6.50
Under 16 Garden Entry £4.00
Under 5 Free
Family Garden Ticket (2A + 3C) £20.00

Come and enjoy a special day out at this fascinating and most original museum which celebrates important individuals in the exploration of the natural world, set in a village surrounded by countryside designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Having paid full admission, guests can enjoy free visits to the museum, except for special events days, for a whole year. View the House and Museum, go for a walk around the delightful gardens and through the Park to see the follies, take tea in the Parlour and shop in the old billiard room. Time and energy permitting, walk up the famous Gilbert White’s Zig Zag path through the hanging beech woods, return and tour the grounds. Or just sit and look at one of the most delightful views in the South of England.

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Gilbert White’s House charges for admission. Additional support from visitors is always appreciated and donations enable us to continue the Museum’s educational work. The length of an average visit is around one and a half hours.

Visitors with disabilities are admitted at the standard rate, but on request the necessary accompanying carer, personal assistant or companion is given free entry.

The museum welcomes visitors with disabilities and we will do all that we can if any assistance is needed. Portable hearing loops are located where we offer video presentations. The ground floor of the house, the restaurant and the Gift Shop have level or ramped access. The first floor, which houses the Oates Galleries and Gilbert White’s Bedchamber, Study and Meeting Room, is only accessible via stairs: there is no lift. However, we have two hand held monitors containing a variety of images and information from the less accessible areas of the museum, as well as an audio tour of the house, which can borrowed by those with restricted mobility.

The garden is accessible on well-kept grass and paths specially laid with very shallow gravel. There are several wheelchair adapted picnic benches throughout the grounds. The parkland beyond the garden is sloping and laid to rough grass. The museum has a non-motorised wheelchair which visitors are free to borrow – just ask at Reception.

A short film ‘The Oates Collection’ was produced following the recent refurbishment of the Captain Lawrence Oates galleries at Gilbert White’s House. The film, produced as a student project, provides a virtual tour for those unable to access the first floor galleries.

Access into and around the Museum

The main entrance is fully accessible from street level. Please enter the house and gardens via the gates on Selborne High Street. The Museum entrance is located to your right and the Café entrance to the left as you enter the Stable Yard.

Access to the Museum entrance is via a ramp or a short flight of shallow, paved steps. The steps and ramp have handrails on both sides. The entrance is clearly marked beside the door. The reception desk, shop and way in to the museum galleries are located here.

The Museum is housed in an historic building with uneven floors and is on several levels, reached by steps. There is currently no lift access to the upper floors.

An Access Point providing further information for visitors who are unable to reach the first floor is located in the Discovery Room.

There is level access to the Garden for those with mobility difficulties. Please obtain a ticket from Reception before entering the Garden.

On entering the galleries from the Reception area, there is a slightly raised threshold into the Little Parlour. From there, there is level access into the Great Parlour, or ramped access along a corridor into Bell’s Library and the Discovery Room. A small ramp leads from the Little Parlour to the Rear Hall, from where there are four steps down into the Kitchen (which has a viewing platform at the entrance to the room). The first floor is accessible via the Rear Stairs (13 steps); a further 8 steps lead up to the Gilbert White Room from the landing, which also provides level access to the Bedroom and Study. A further 9 steps lead into the Frank Oates Gallery and the Lawrence Oates Gallery, from where a further staircase (9 + 14 steps) leads down to the Discovery Room. Visitors return via the ground floor rooms to the Exit.

Parking at the Museum

There is no general visitor parking directly outside the Museum; a car park is provided approximately 50 metres along the High Street. Limited blue badge parking is located in the car park. However, there is one accessible parking bay, located on the opposite side of the road from the Museum, next to the Plestor (village green). We regret that this space is not bookable in advance.


Cyclists are welcome at the museum and cafe. There are no bicycle racks but plenty of places to lean bicycles & be able to lock them up.


The Museum has a non-motorised wheelchair available for visitors to use. Please ask at reception or call (01420) 511275 during opening hours to reserve a wheelchair for your visit.

Other accessibility information


Chairs are provided in most of the galleries. You may sit on any chair, apart from furniture which is fragile, indicated by a teasel or a notice.

Assistance dogs

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and dogs for the disabled are welcome at the Museum.

Toilets and baby-changing facilities

Located at the far end of the Discovery Room, including an accessible toilet and baby-changing facilities.

Cloakroom facilities

The Museum has a pushchair storage area behind Reception, to the right of the entrance.

To ensure the safety of our exhibits, visitors are not permitted to bring any large items, such as suitcases, scooters, fold-up bicycles and musical instruments into the galleries. Items may be left at Reception, at your own risk.

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