Visit the new forest heritage centre

The New Forest Heritage Centre consists of an accredited Museum, Gallery, the Christopher Tower Reference Library, Shop and Café.

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Free Entry  |  Donations Welcome

Open Daily  |  Dog friendly

Monday 28th March 2022 to
Sunday 30th October 2022
10.00am - 5.00pm

Monday 31st October 2022 to
Sunday 26th March 2023

Closed Sunday 25th and Monday 26th December 2022

Last entry into the museum and gallery is 30 minutes before closing. Click here to view our library opening times.

What's On

Summer activities for families

Join us for some family fun over the summer. With trails, ...

New Forest Myths and Folklore

To accompany his upcoming book, Brice Stratford will be sharing ...

Sound installation – Painted with Sound: Listen to the Forest

'Painted with Sound: Listen to the Forest' is the forest as ...

Group Visits

We welcome visits from groups of all ages, whether a recognised organisation, or an informal group of family or friends. Our education team can provide a variety of sessions either at the centre, in the New Forest itself, or at your meeting place, and the sessions can be tailored to suit the requirements of your group.

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Christopher Tower
Reference Library

The Christopher Tower Reference Library, on the upper floor of the New Forest Heritage Centre, holds and extensive collection of New Forest books, images, maps and ephemera for you to explore. Discover more about where you live, reminisce over old photographs, or lose yourself in one of our many historic maps. Experienced volunteers will assist you during your visit. Our library offers something for everyone.

You can also interact with us through by searching our catalogues, browsing digitised items and adding your own contributions.

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find us

Find us just off Lyndhurst High Street in the main car park (SO43 7NY). Follow the brown museum and information signs.

Accessible for wheelchair users and wheelchair available on request.

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Become a friend

It is £10 a year to become a friend of the New Forest Heritage Centre and can be set up through a monthly donation with JustGiving.

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