The Museum & Gardens are open to the public Monday-Sunday 10:30-5:00. No pre-booking needed.

White’s Cafe 

White's Cafe is open 10:00 till 16:30 everyday. Click above for more more information and our Autumn menus.


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Visit Gilbert White & The Oates Collections in Hampshire

If you fancy a day out and want to visit somewhere a bit different, then why not try the beautifully restored house and gardens of local natural history hero Gilbert White. Then travel the natural world through the collections of Frank Oates, explorer and naturalist and Lawrence Oates who was part of the fateful Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. We have a museum, fascinating historic collections and educational activities for the whole family.

Selborne and its surrounding landscape inspired Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne. We tell Gilbert White’s story within the walls of his family home and garden. The later extensions to the house host The Oates Collections, celebrating two very different explorers of the natural world…


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