Opening Times 2020
|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|
Cafe Opening Times 2020
|Monday - Sunday||10.00am - 4.30pm|
Admission Charges 2020
|Adult Full Entry||£12.00|
|Concession Full Entry||£11.00|
|Garden Only Concession||£6.50|
|Under 16 Garden Entry||£4.00|
|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.
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 cafe and the Gift Shop have level or ramped access. The first floor, which houses the Oates Galleries and Gilbert White’s Bedchamber and Study, is only accessible via stairs: there is no lift. However, upon request you see a video that shows you the less accessible areas of the museum. There is also an audio descriptive tour of the house.
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 or call (01420) 511275 during opening hours to reserve a wheelchair for your visit.
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 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 Orientation 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.
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.
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.
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.
Parking at the Museum
Our car park is situated behind The Selborne Arms pub. It is currently free to park in Selborne. If the car park is full we will endeavour to open the Ewell field for additional parking. This is will be clearly sign posted. Please note it is not always possible for us to open the field for additional parking, as it is weather dependant, and also sometimes hired by private parties.
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.
We are keen for our visitors to use more sustainable modes of transport, however we are in rural area so advise that anyone visiting us on public transport research their route before they set off.
Our nearest train stations are Alton and Liss. Both have regular trains to and from London Waterloo, and bus and taxi links.
The 38 bus between Alton and Petersfield runs through Selborne, our nearest bus stop is the Selborne Arms. Please check before you travel as this bus service is limited.
You can get a taxi from Alton, Liss or Petersfield. At Alton there is a taxi rank outside the train station and outside The Swan Hotel.