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.

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

You can also search seven of our catalogues at

Updated Opening Hours – Closed

In line with government guidance, we have closed the Heritage Centre for the foreseeable future.

Further to the announcement on 23rd February, and subject to further guidance, we are working towards a 2 step re-opening

Monday 12th April – reopening of our shop

Monday 17th May – reopening of museum, library, gallery and café

We look forward to welcoming you again later in 2021.


Become a friend

It costs more than £1,000 a day to run the New Forest Heritage Centre. Become a friend and help protect and preserve the history of the New Forest.

Group Visits

From school visits to special interest groups, our education team can tailor sessions to meet your requirements

Christopher Tower Reference Library

Christopher Tower New Forest Reference Library is home to one of the largest collections of New Forest books, maps, photographs and other ephemera. Opening Hours: Wednesdays 10.00am - 4.00pm & Fridays 10.00am - 12.30pm

March Newsletter

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Upcoming events

Help us

We can run our free entry Museum, Gallery, world class Library and Education Service only with the help of donations from lovely, generous people.

Make a donation

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