Surrey's Museums and Galleries
There are over forty museums in Surrey run by district and borough councils, by the Ministry of Defence, by universities and by independent groups. Museums and museum visitors are served by Surrey Museums Consultative Committee, a partnership between the County, District and Borough councils.
Surrey's museums & galleries offer a fascinating insight into Surrey’s history and culture. Exhibitions, talks, tours, workshops and plenty of children & family events all year ensure something of interest for everyone. Discover an Egyptian mummy, exquisite costume, a giant Japanese spider crab and a Viking sword. Visit the world’s first motor racing circuit and one of the only Edwardian Vagrants and Casuals Wards in existence. Climb aboard Concorde, a vintage car or a London Bus. Explore a crystal grotto, castles and stunning buildings. Our galleries host some of the most exceptional works in the South East, from those of a renowned Victorian artist, to contemporary local and nationally famous artists. What will you discover in Surrey museums and galleries today?
Army Medical Services Museum
"Depicts the history of Army medicine from 1660. Includes medical equipment, uniforms, medals and a collection of ambulances."
Trace the history of military nursing, army medicine, veterinary and dental care from 1660 to the present day at this fascinating museum. Spine-chilling surgical instruments, army branding irons, gas masks and an iron lung display ensure this visit is not easily forgotten.
Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 5RQ
"A museum of the local history of Ash, Ash Green, Ash Vale and Tongham."
This small yet intimate museum includes collections of pottery, trophies and historic pictures of the local area.
Cemetery Chapel, Ash Church Road, Ash, Surrey, GU12 6LX
Basingstoke Canal Visitors Centre
"Small museum display in centre interpreting the history and wildlife of the canal."
Basingstoke Canal runs for 32 miles from Greywell Village in Hampshire to Woodham in Surrey. It holds many different surprises such as flights of locks, the lakes and flashes near Mytchett or the rolling fields and picturesque cottages near Odiham.
Mytchett Place Road, Mytchett, Camberley, Surrey , GU16 6DD
Tel: 01252 370073
Bourne Hall Museum
"Old tools, toys and clothing are supported by local photographs and ephemera to tell the story of two thousand years of Epsom and Ewell."
Overshadowed by the trees of a Victorian park, Bourne Hall Museum has a collection of over 5000 items. From the Hansom Cab of a Prime Minister to Toys, Cameras, Medical items and old costumes, there will be something of interest for everyone. There are plenty of events all year round and our museum club meets every second Saturday for many exiting activities.
Spring Street, Ewell, Surrey, KT17 1UF
Tel:020 8394 1734
"The world's first banked motor racing track and assorted buildings, period racing cars, accessories and memorabilia. Aircraft collection spanning 85 years, first flight ticket office."
The birthplace of British motor sport and aviation and home of Concorde, with Displays of aircraft, cars motorcycles and Bicycles from over eight decades of engineering and technological achievement. Take the Concorde experience, visit original buildings and landmarks, enjoy the London Bus museum, an F1 Simulator, café, Discovery Centre and many of our events and activities for all ages
Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd, Brooklands Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 0QN
Byfleet Heritage Society
"Documents relating to Byfleets' history, displays are housed in the library."
Byfleet Heritage Society displays the history, natural history and other aspects of life in Byfleet and its locality. One of its prime features was the Vickers and Hawker factory at Brooklands nearby, which employed over 14,000 people.
Byfleet Library, Byfleet, Surrey, KT14 7QN
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"Local history collections, Thames valley archaeology, clocks and Olive Matthews costume collection."
Chertsey Museum is set in a beautiful regency town house. It features the outstanding Olive Mathews collection of dress and textiles and other collections including Runnymede social history and Greek pottery. School sessions, workshops, exhibitions and a lively programme of events and activities for all ages are held throughout the year.
The Cedars, 33 Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AT
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"A small village museum with changing displays."
The small but regular updated displays of items of local history and local interest, artefacts from local sources, superb collection of old photographs and drawings and plenty of local genealogy information.
Benham's Corner, Bagshot Road, Chobham, Surrey, GU2 8BP
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Clandon Park (National Trust)
"A Palladian house with a collection of 18th century furniture, porcelain textiles and carpets."
West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RQ
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Crafts Study Centre
"Internationally recognised collection of crafts."
The Crafts Study Centre is a charity created by artist-makers and educators to protect the best of modern British crafts. The centre is home to an internationally famous collection of modern and contemporary craft. Collections include modern and contemporary calligraphy, ceramics, textiles, furniture and wood as well as makers diaries, working notes, photographs dating from the 1920’s and the research library, which is open by appointment.
University College for the Creative Arts at Farnham
Falkner Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DS
Dorking Museum and Heritage Centre
The newly refurbished Dorking museum is a treasure trove that tells the story of Dorking, the surrounding villages, the landscape and local residents of note. It is illustrated with agricultural, tourist and domestic artefacts, costume, paintings and fossils. Our large collection of local books, photographs maps and local records are excellent for research.
The Old Foundry, 62 West Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1BS
Dapune Wharf (National Trust)
"East Surrey Museum has four separate display rooms and the displays in each are changed every three months."
Housed in a Victorian flint building, the collection includes archaeology, local and social history and geology. A part from permanent East Surrey gallery, the exhibitions change regularly, so there is always something new to see.
"Photos, documents, objects, maps, etc. relating to the history of Egham, the Hythe, Englefield Green, Virginia Water and Thorpe."
A local history museum covering Egham, Egham Hythe, Virginia Water, Englefield Green and Thorpe. Displays include Magna Carta, Thomas Holloway, his collage and sanatorium and Egham during wartime. The museum has a new temporary exhibition every four months, extensive resources for researchers and a wide range of local history publications for sale.
Literary Institute, High Street, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9EW
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"The social history of Elmbridge."
Exciting exhibits of archaeology, natural history, costume and social history objects across the ages. Photograps, maps and books are availablefor local studies. There are excellent hands-on exhibitis for children, including an activity corner which allows children to dress up and guess what is in the ‘feely box’
"The collection contains artefacts that demonstrate the evolution of fire-fighting and fire precautions; ranging from the early days of organised fire brigades through to the present day. These relate to all forms of the civic, private and industrial brigades in the historic County of Surrey' As for other information, had a look on the icons on your site and those that are applicable are''
"A local history museum interpreting the story of Farnham through a variety of display techniques. Housed in a Grade I listed town house built in 1718."
The museum features innovative displays relating to the history of Farnham and its environs. The museum has won several awards including European Museum of the Year Award. The spacious garden gallery often features art exhibitions.
Willmer House, 38 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DX
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"The largest collection of archaeology, local history and needlework in Surrey. Displays include local characters such as Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Jekyll."
Guildford museum is a beautiful 17th century building next to the castle grounds. The archaeology shows life in Surrey from prehistoric times to the Middle Ages. Our local history gallery displays Guildford crafts and industries, together with sections on Lewis Carroll and Gertrude Jekyll. Special exhibitions and events run throughout the year and there are quizzes and an art corner for children.
Castle Arch, Quarry Street, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3SX
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Guildford House Gallery
"John Russell R.A. oils and pastels (Guildford born artist), contemporary craftwork, historical & modern paintings, drawings & prints. Changing temporary exhibitions of local artists & touring exhibitions."
Guildford House Gallery is a grade I listed building from 1660 with many original features and offering a mixed programme of temporary exhibitions and events throughout the year including its own collection, touring exhibitions and local groups. There is a café, courtyard and gift shop selling quality craftwork from local artists.
"Many rare exhibits botany, zoology and traditional displays on history"
Set in beautiful gardens Haslemere museum is known colloquially as the “miniature British museum” because of its stunning geology, natural history and human history collections. These include a significant peasant Art collection, Geikie watercolours and their own Egyptian mummy.
78 High Street, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2LA
Tel: 01428 642112
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Hatchlands Park (National Trust)
Hatchlands Park was built by the architect, Robert Adam in the 1750s for Admiral Edward Boscawen.
On display is the Cobbe Collection, Europe’s largest collection of keyboard instruments associated with famous composers including Bach, Chopin and Elgar. With over 400 acres of parkland providing six waymarked walks. Hatchlands is one of the largest country estates surrounding Greater London. You can also see a formal garden designed by Gertrude Jekyll.
"The extensive museum collections of the Holmesdale Natural History Club (founded 1857) include insects, stuffed birds, herbarium specimens, geological specimens, local history and archaeological collections."
The Holmesdale Natural History club museum promotes the study of natural history, local history, archaeology and geology in the area of Reigate. It has a well-stocked library and collections that include stuffed birds, herbarium specimens, local history and archaeological collections.
14 Croydon Rd, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 0PG
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London Bus Museum
"The world's largest collection of working, historic London buses covering a century of transport from the 1870s to the 1970s."
Associated artefacts and up to 30 buses and coaches are always on display, and others run in service at special museum events.
Cobham Hall, Brooklands Road, Weybridge KT13 0QN
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"Local history and a collection of memorabilia."
Housed in a 17th century timber-framed listed building, the museum offers an interesting collection of memorabilia. Also displayed are archaeological artefacts from excavations in the area.
Hampton Cottage, 64 Church Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8DP
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The Lightbox Art gallery
“With a permanent museum of Woking’s history, two temporary gallery spaces and lots of hands on workshops, there’s always something different to do at The Lightbox. The building also has a purpose built Education Studio for schools, colleges and community groups.”
If you’re passionate about the arts and history, want activities an fun, or would just like somewhere quiet to relax and think, you’ll find it all at the lightbox. The building hosts a wide range of exhibitions, changing regularly and is also home to the Woking story an interactive museum about the towns history. If you’re visiting with children you’ll find plenty to keep them occupied and entertained. Complete your visit with a delicious lunch or coffee at our canal-side café or browse for a special gift in our shop.
"Rifles and rifle trophies are exhibited. Many items are on loan to the Victorian and Albert Museum."
A comprehensive history of the National Rifle association with rifles, pistols, paintings and a large collection of Silver including many rifle trophies.
Bisley Camp, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey, GU21 0PB
Tel:01483 797777 ext 127
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Oakhurst Cottage (National Trust)
Painshill offers you a 158-arce wonderland. Magnificently restored – with an enchanting mix of awesome views, surreal follies, serpentine lake and historic plantings – it is one of the Europe’s most important 18th century landscape gardens. Visit the crystal Grotto*, ruined Abbey gothic temple and exotic Turkish tent. From snowdrops at autumn colour: the ornamental pleasure grounds, vineyard, plantings and the plant heritage (NCCPG) NATIONAL Collection of North American tress and shrubs, offer seasonal interest within the unique Georgian landscape garden.
*Limited opening times
"A regimental museum. The regiment's archive is held at Surrey History Centre."
Set in Clandon Park the museum tells the story of Surrey's two infantry regiments from 1661 until the present day through medals, unifroms, artefacts and interactive dispalys.
"Artefacts concerning local history, social history and costume are displayed in room, shop and street settings to portray life in the past. Collections of domestic items, archaeology, artwork and pictures all aid in giving an insight into past times."
Reigate Priory is a grade one listed building set in 65 acres of open parkland with a pond, woodland and playing fields. It is home to Riegate Priory museum and Riegate priory school. The museum presents exhibitions on a wide range of subjects designed to appeal to both adults and children.
Reigate Priory School, Reigate Priory, Bell Street, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7RL
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Royal Earlswood Museum
"Small collection of exhibits illustrating the history and development of the Earlswood Asylum - plus a representative collection of the works of its most famed resident James Henry Pullen the 'idiot genius'"
"Not a museum, but a collection of paintings, mostly Victorian."
Between 1881 and 1883, Thomas Holloway, a self-made multi-millionaire whose fortunate had been made in paten medicines, paid well over £80,000(equivalent to more than £6 million in today’s terms) for 77 paintings, which now comprise the Royal Holloway collection.
Discover the history of the Royal logistic corps from the battle of agincourt until today. See how the soldier has been fed, transported, supplied with arms and equipment and kept in touch with loved ones. Exhibits include artillery pieces, a horse – drawn field oven from the nineteenth century, a Russian built maxim machine – gun and the 1939 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith used by Field Marshall Montgomery. There are a wide range of documents in the archives and a gift shop.
Visit a family-friendly countryside museum in a peaceful rural location. The rural life of the past 150 years is shown through buildings and exhibitions. Visitors with specific needs are well catered for and there is a café, picnic area, parking, a playground and light railway on Sundays during the Summer.
Reeds Row, Tilford, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2DL
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Send and Ripley Museum
"A small local museum, with changing exhibitions."
This is one of Surreys’ smallest museums, set in an attractive building that was moved from Ripley High Street to its current site in one piece! It holds local records for family history research and varying exhibits exploring the history of Send and Ripley.
"A village museum, with lots to see."
Situated in a picturesque village, the many displays include objects of daily life – tools, toys, domestic items – mainly from Victorian times to the 1950s, as well as Shere’s famous connections with film and photography. There is also extensive information, including the local history society archive, for research on the local area and especially genealogy.
The museum has displays on the archaeology and history of the borough of Spelthorne from the Ice Age to the Second World War there are regular group talks and exhibitions and group sessions by arrangement.
"Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a casual ward in 1906"
"Museum telling the story of the local history of the Surrey Heath district."
A small friendly local museum telling the story of Surrey Heath’s development from the Stone age through to modern day including a section on the towns important military associations. Highlights include local highwaymen, a mammoth’s tooth and tusk, early pottery and shop keeping. There are children’s interactivities and quizzes plus, an active exhibition and events programme and a newly refurbished museum shop.
"Not a museum, but a working, volunteer-run archaeology unit, which mounts displays on its current work."
"Surrey Heritage can help you to discover, investigate and protect the county’s archaeology, historic buildings, written heritage and artefacts. Learn more about your Surrey ancestors and the county’s rich and varied history."
Surrey History Centre collects and rescues archives and printed material relating to past and present Surrey. Visit the search room to consult documents and local studies materials or get advice on Surrey history and research. There are also children’s and family activities every holiday and a busy programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year.
"Changing displays of the history of Surrey's police, including inter-active computer displays."
To celebrate its 150th anniversary, a museum portraying the history of the force was opened at Mount Brown, the Surrey constabulary’s headquarters in Guildford. Displays include reconstructions of a gaol cell and a crime scene as well as artefacts and touch-screen technology, all tracing the history of the force up to the present day.
"A gallery devoted to the symbolist artist, G.W.Watts"
The Watts Gallery was first opened to the public on 1st April 1904 as a gallery devoted to G.F. The collection consists of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture that were owned by Watts; all works given by him to the nation. The gallery is an early example of an Arts and Crafts building.
Down Lane, Compton, Nr Guildford , Surrey , GU3 1DQ