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.
The Museum and Gardens are perfect for families with lots of interactive activities and trails. The site also has a brand new Cafe, which serves locally produced food all day, great coffee and homemade cakes. You can also visit a unique gift shop and plant sales area all within the museum’s Stable Yard.
2016 opening times:
1 January-14 February Friday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm
16 February-24 March Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm
25 March-30 October Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-5.00pm
1 November-23 December Tuesday-Sunday 10.30am-4.30pm
24 December Thursday 10.30am-3.00pm
It is also open on Bank Holidays, and Mondays in July & August.