About

Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery is an accredited, independent museum and registered charity. Established in 1999, the Museum has recently undergone a multi-million-pound National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment, entitled ‘Pathways into the Past’. Located in a Victorian police station and a magistrates’ courthouse, the Museum tells a cohesive story of the history of Petersfield and its neighbouring villages over the last 10,000 years. The story is told through stunning collections, including the Bedales Collection of historic dress, the Flora Twort Collection of paintings, the Don Eades Collection of photographs, as well as an extensive range of social history objects, including a penny farthing. The Museum also holds archaeological objects, excavated from Petersfield Heath, stretching back over 4,000 years. The Museum is home to the Flora Twort Gallery, where artwork by international and local artists is displayed. The temporary exhibitions change four times a year, and entry to the gallery is included in a Museum admission ticket. Recent exhibitions include ‘Paula Rego: Literary Inspirations’ and ‘Alison Crowther and Kate Boucher: Traces in the Landscape’. Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery is home to the Edward Thomas Study Centre, an exciting research site that contains an extensive range of books, including rare early editions, collected by the late Tim Wilton-Steer, by and about the poet, Edward Thomas. Check out the Museum’s website for up-to-date information regarding opening times, temporary exhibitions and events.

Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery

Take a journey through the history of Petersfield and enjoy a day out with something for everyone. Located in the centre of this historic market town, take a step back into its 10,000 years of history through a variety of interactives and fascinating objects! With so many outstanding exhibitions and events, there is always a reason to visit Petersfield Museum and Art Gallery.

Petersfield Museum, St Peter’s Road, Petersfield, GU32 3HX

+44 (0) 1730 262601

visitorexperience@petersfieldmuseum.co.uk

  • Accessible
  • Cycle Store
  • Free Wifi
  • Gallery/Museum/Educational
  • Historic Landmarks/Heritage Centres

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