House, Gardens & Cafe Open Monday - Sunday 10.30 - 17.00

Summer Explorer Fun

Running throughout the Summer holidays- Free with Admission

Explorer Backpacks
Borrow one of our Family Explorer Backpacks from reception to take your natural adventure to the next level. Backpacks include magnifying glasses, binoculars, sketch books and identification keys. Deposit required.

Gilbert’s Geocaching & Scavenger Hunts
Running throughout the holidays, families can try their hand at geocaching and scavenger hunts in our gardens and parkland. GPS devices can be hired from reception or you can use your own. Free with valid museum ticket. All ages welcome. No booking required

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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