Sharing The History of The New Forest

A free-entry museum, gallery and reference library situated in the heart of Lyndhurst, the New Forest Heritage Centre is dedicated to sharing the history and traditions of this diverse and beautiful area. With a gift shop and café on site, it’s a great place to start your New Forest journey.  Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, everyday.

We look forward to welcoming you!

To book for the Library, please visit

For on-line access to some of our collection please visit


📢 On Wednesday 20th December to Tuesday 16th January the Library will be closed to allow for essential works to take place. You are welcome to visit the New Forest Knowledge website or email our Archive team for more information.


Advanced notice – we will be closed on 24th, 25th and 26th of December, as well as 1st of January 2024

Help Us Grow

As a registered charity, we rely on donations to create unforgettable experiences through our significant collection and compelling programme that inspire, captivate, surprise and enhance lives for the widest possible audience.

Robyn Woolston

Currently working on the 'Embroidered Tales: Hidden Histories and Silent Voices of the New Forest' is an artist and filmmaker, in archives or with sites of ecological or historical significance, working closely with the LGBTQIA+ and Roma communities for this project.

Spirit of The Forest

A unique exhibition that combines video interviews of forest folklore and magical tales. Documenting the enchanting world of Magic and Witchcraft through the imaginative Victorian woodcarvings of Fairies and Spirit Creatures by Tom Charman.

Upcoming events


From under 5s to mature adults we have thoughtful and creative programmes for you.


Help Us Grow

Make a donation now and ensure that the treasures of the New Forest live on to inspire people today and forever.