New Forest Centre

New Forest Centre
SO43 7NY




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The New Forest Centre is a great place to start your visit to the New Forest and find out what it has to offer.
Conveniently located in Lyndhurst, the heart of the National Park, here you’ll discover everything you need to know to help you enjoy your trip to the Forest.

"Through its collections, displays, education programme, outreach and partnership working, it celebrates the Forest’s unique ecology, history and culture, and engenders a sense of stewardship in its visitors."

Our Background:
A museum for the New Forest had been the dream of many people for a long time. With the celebration of the ninth centenary of the Forest's foundation in 1979 the first moves towards the realisation of that objective became possible.

The New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust was founded in that year and set about raising funds for a museum. The dream became a reality when in the summer of 1988 the New Forest Museum was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh. A further rebuild and refurbishment of all facilities in 2003 made the Museum a cultural centre for the New Forest designed to cater for the local New Forest community as well as the many thousands of visitors who wished to make their initial explorations through its portals.

New Forest Museum:
The New Forest Museum is packed full of displays and activities about the New Forest National Park. The Impressions of the New Forest National Park film show welcomes you to the New Forest Museum and sets the scene for your visit.

New Forest Gallery:
The New Forest Gallery has an all year round exhibition programme. It is also a lecture theatre and plays host to our ever popular Spring and Autumn Talks Series as well as occasional workshops and demonstrations. The New Forest Centre is committed to providing a varied programme of exhibitions including local and natural history displays that relate to the New Forest National Park.

Gift Shop:
The Centre Shop is full of wonderful gift ideas to suit all tastes and budgets and all profits support the work of the New Forest Ninth Centenary Trust, the charitable trust that owns and runs the New Forest Centre.


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