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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections

| Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
+44 1420 511275
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A fusion of expeditions & flora & fauna

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections museum is a quaint museum with a lovely garden to wander... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
TeamFishUK
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Southampton, United Kingdom
A museum with a difference!

On 12th May the museum celebrated the launch of the new look museum with free entrance and many... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lynn F
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Winchester, United Kingdom
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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the eighteenth century pioneering naturalist Gilbert White; whose major work The Natural History of Selborne has never been out of print since its publication in 1789. The House is surrounded by 25 acres of majestic restored garden and parkland, which specialises in eighteenth century plants and gardening methods inspired by Gilbert White. The Museum is also home to the Oates Collections where visitors can discover the stories of the nineteenth century explorer Frank Oates, who travelled extensively around Africa and Central America and the heroic Captain Lawrence Oates. The Collection commemorates the life of Lawrence Oates, who travelled with Scott to the South Pole on the epic yet ill fated Terra Nova Expedition of 1912. This unique and diverse, interactive Museum also boasts a fantastic café which serves food throughout the day.
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| Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections museum is a quaint museum with a lovely garden to wander around in. If you wish to know more about life at home regarding Gilbert White’s life-long investigation of the natural world, culminating in his world-famous book The Natural...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

On 12th May the museum celebrated the launch of the new look museum with free entrance and many special activities. Gilbert White's House is a very special place and the recent building project has enhanced the museum considerably. The newly located shop has a wonderful...More

Thank Lynn F
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a wonderful house, very nice gardens and the museum has a very interesting selection of polar expedition artefacts. Will definitely pop in again when down in Hampshire.

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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Had a great time with my 18 month year old daughter she loved seeing the stuff animals and we spent ages with the staff teaching us all about the insects and animals they have on display + tea and cake we had an amazing day...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

The museum is undergoing some refurbishment and the entry fee has sensitively been adjusted accordingly. All thevstaff are welcoming, professional and informative. The lady on reception was most helpful, the French lady in the cafe most charming and the lady and gentleman gardeners were passionate...More

1  Thank Geraldmm
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Reviewed 17 January 2018

We got married in July 2017- the barn and surroundings are beautiful however the service we received was terrible. To begin with our wedding coordinator left the barn and we were without a coordinator until 6 weeks before we got married. We were not told...More

3  Thank Loulouv87
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Reviewed 11 November 2017

The house has a charming collection of White;s apparatus and findings; the garden surrounding the house is lovely. The Oates collection in the house is most provocative: Oates was an explorer of the Antarctic and was on the South Pole expedition of 1911-12. He perished...More

1  Thank Joan R
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Reviewed 8 October 2017

Not a bad place, very friendly p eople; Ok to spend an hour or so, but too small for a whole day. quite pleasant.

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

This venue is a little hard to find but once discovered is exceptionally interesting . Rather strange combination of White & Oates !

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

Being fans of Gilbert White, we were disappointed in our visit, and echo the comments below about the garden and the lack of people to offer advice/signposting/interesting information. The garden is in a beautiful location but it has obviously seen better days, and seems rather...More

1  Thank SpringinLondon
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Akela186390
16 November 2016|
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Response from Gilbert W | Property representative |
Most of the ground working is complete and parking is available; we have almost doubled the spaces. The contractors are undertaking planting and this should be completed very soon. You are very welcome to come and see for... More
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22 September 2016|
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Response from mgpendle | Reviewed this property |
Hi 2 hours is fine for the museums unless you want to read every last detail! Enjoy the gardens and take a walk up the Zig Zag path and have a pint at the Selborne Arms... The you have a day trip on your hands. Enjoy it.
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