Opening hours: Monday-Sunday 10.30AM to 5PM & Bank Holidays

Museum Re-launch: Official Opening Day

Join us for a celebration!

We’ve recently updated our museum in a £3 million Heritage lottery funded refurbishment. We will be opening our new Stable Yard, and Galleries officially to you the general public!

Join us for a day of African dancing, crafts and activities, as well as a chance to see our brand new museum totally free!

We will be joined by…

Tom Heap 

tom heap BBC’s Tom Heap will be officially opening the Museum at 11:30.

Tom presents the investigations on Countryfile – Britain’s most popular factual TV programme. He is also the principal voice of ‘Costing the Earth’ on Radio 4, the nations only dedicated environment series. He is also a regular Panorama reporter covering food, farming energy and wildlife. He was the presenter of the long running BBC 1 Daytime series Animal 24:7 which remains popular with regular repeats.




The Lions of Zululand

The Lions of Zululand will be performing throughout the day and conducting workshops!

Lions of Zululand are are a cultural group of musicians and dancers whose aim is to expose to the world the wonderful richness of traditional Zulu culture. They perform in schools, theatres, hotels and also at festivals, corporate events and in fact for any celebration.





Steve Price- Artist & Entertainer 

 Steve Price (aka Sassy Steve) will be joining us on the day to create silhouette portraits of you to take home. Just like the portraits of our three explorers of the natural world!

Steve can create lightning fast likenesses of you in mere minutes!  Each person takes from two to four minutes depending on style required and detail.  His skills impress the crowds and his manner will raise smiles while he crafts individual artworks which people can take home and treasure.




Illustrating the Natural History of Selborne 

 Also launched on the day will be our first temporary exhibition!

The exhibition focuses on how one book has continued to inspire artists throughout the ages, looking at different methods of production, their interpretations of the text and the sheer effort that goes in to illustrating and printing an edition. Focusing on the works of John Nash, Ravillious and Grimm, the exhibition will show how illustrations bring the written word of Gilbert White to life!





Life Lab 

Our new temporary exhibition and learning space springs into life with our Life Lab!

Come and try your hand at being a naturalist by examining some of the specimens from our learning collection. Use a range of tools to find out about the animals in front of you including microscopes, measuring equipment and fact files. Suitable for all ages.




Talks & Tours 


Learn more about our garden and exhibitions with afternoon talks and tours, with our staff and expert volunteers.





11:30 Official Opening Ceremony 

See Tom Heap Officially relaunch the Museum in the Stable Yard. 

11:45 Lions of Zululand 

Watch the amazing Lions of Zululand perform on the lawn.  

13:00 Tour of Frank Oates Gallery 

Join Collections Manager Joshua Godfrey take you on a tour of the new Frank Oates Gallery. 

13:30 Lions of Zululand 

Watch the amazing Lions of Zululand perform on the lawn.  

14:00 Opening of Greenhouse and Garden Tour 

See our amazing new Greenhouse be officially opened and join garden team member Keith Oakley on a tour of the garden. Meet Keith on the lawn! 

14:30  Illustrating the Natural History of Selborne Talk 

Collections Manager Josh Godfrey will talk about our first temporary exhibition in the Discovery Room. 

15:00 Lions of Zululand 

Watch the amazing Lions of Zululand perform on the lawn.  

15:30 Garden Tour

Join garden team member Keith Oakley on a tour of the garden. Meet Keith on the lawn! 

16:00 The Natural History of Selborne Collection 

Ronnie Davidson-Houston patron and volunteer will talk you through the many fascinating editions of the Natural History of Selborne which are part of the collection donated by Ronnie on display in the Great Parlour. 

  • Start Date: 12 May 18
  • End Date: 12 May 18
  • Please note: tickets purchased from us are non refundable.

Gilbert Whites House

Gilbert White was aged 7 or 8 when the White family moved from the Vicarage on Selborne’s Plestor, to this house, called ‘The Wakes’ (named after the Wake family who had lived here previously). At that time the property would have been no more than a ‘two up, two down’  but over the subsequent years lots of extensions and additions have been made, creating the long sizeable house you see today.

The rooms have been restored following descriptions in White’s own correspondence and include a chair he used at Oriel College, Oxford (loaned from the College), items of contemporary furniture, family portraits and bed hangings embroidered for him by his aunts.

On display is the original manuscript of his book, The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne, which was purchased with generous help from English Heritage and others.

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