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Gilbert White's House & The Oates Museum

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Address: Selborne, Alton GU34 3JH, England
Phone Number:
+44 1420 511275
Today
10:30 - 16:30
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Tue - Sun 10:30 - 16:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Gilbert White & The Oates Collections explores the lives of three...

Gilbert White & The Oates Collections explores the lives of three explorers of the natural world. The historic house was the home of the 18th century naturalist Gilbert White, and is surrounded by 25 acres of restored garden and parkland. The Oates Collections celebrates the lives of 19th century explorer Frank Oates, and Captain Lawrence Oates who travelled with Scott on the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition. The Museum also boasts an award-winning Tea Parlour, gift shop and plant sales.

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Juxtaposition of natural history observation and antarctic exploration.

Delightful 18th century house and extensive garden where the pioneering English naturalist Gilbert White lived and collected records of plants and animals in the area. Alongside... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Delightful 18th century house and extensive garden where the pioneering English naturalist Gilbert White lived and collected records of plants and animals in the area. Alongside it in a later extension to the original house is the collection of Antarctic explorer, Lawrence Oates. There are many interactive and informative displays as well as panels for reading. The rooms in White's... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

were really looking forward to revisiting but arrived too early for snowdrops, the place seemed to have gone downhill. Some management meeting and she was rushing round, nearly knocked me over! Group of them were chuckling about hiring volunteers, just not a nice atmosphere. They used to have a diary open at that day several centuries ago and now there... More 

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Bournemouth
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016 via mobile

Until the lovely Kim introduced me to Gilbert I was ignorant of his existence and am delighted that she put things right. The house and gardens are packed with interest for children to OAP's. The Oates collection (google if you're unsure!) brought tears to my eyes at times. Tea parkour houses comfy chairs and magnificent home made food! Great parking... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I hadn't heard of Gilbert White before this visit, but am now very impressed by his work as a naturalist, particularly his work on amateur ornithology. The setting is perfect for this gentle study and the museum-like demonstrations are well thought-out and presented. The fact that he was doing his work in the mid-1700's does not detract from the continuing... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I hadn't heard of Gilbert White before, so was very interested to learn more about him and his work as a pioneer of natural science. Staff at the house were very knowledgeable and good to talk to, and the grounds were beautiful. The information and displays and activities in the house, though, could do with an upgrade (as is being... More 

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Our Son got married here in September in the old barn set in the beautiful meadow that belongs to Gilbert whites house and gardens,the weather was dreadful but this didnt stop us all having a fabulous day,if you book the barn it includes the house and gardens which,on a lovely dry day would be ideal for adults and children alike,luckily,a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Today we visited Gilbert Whites House and Museum it was 35 minutes from My Sisters home . We enjoyed the tour and walked round the gardens. Then had lunch in the Restaurant. The Staff were all most helpful and friendly. Would recommend a visit. I will

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Romsey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

A great combination of attractions make this a great place to visit. A period house with rooms to explore and lots to see and touch A good exhibition showcasing three great adventurers/explorers again informative, fun and lots of hands on stuff Beautiful and extensive gardens facing westward in afternoon sun onto the South Downs Nice tea room in the house... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Went here as a Natural History fan, and was not disappointed by the display and historical value. The Oates collection was thought provoking and showed what these men did to pursue exploration at the time. Really worth a visit.

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Set in the picturesque village of Selbourne in Hampshire, the house and museum are well worth a visit. The gardens are beautiful and together with the interactive displays in the house are a great educational experience for children and adults. The Oates Collection is a unique look into the Scott of the Antarctic expedition with original film footage showing first... More 

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