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“Small but well designed”
Review of Museum of Farnham

Museum of Farnham
Ranked #12 of 24 things to do in Farnham
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Owner description: he Museum of Farnham is a local history museum, located in a beautiful Georgian town house with many original features and a delightful walled garden. Visit us to discover Farnham’s history, from its prehistoric roots to its hop growing boom and Georgian grandeur. Discover the tales of the illustrious William Cobbett, political agitator, and George Sturt local author and craftsperson, whilst marvelling at the inventions of engineer John Henry Knight, who created one of the first petrol driven cars! The museum is also home to an extensive art and craft collection thanks to the many artists and crafts people who have been drawn to Farnham over the years. The Museum of Farnham is part of Farnham Maltings Association, a creative organisation that works with artists and communities to encourage the most people to make, see and enjoy the best art possible. The Museum works actively with the Farnham Maltings to reach these goals.
Reviewed 25 November 2013

This is the best of what local museums produce. Small, but well presented, lit and annotated. There are ongoing exhibits which always fascinate (Cobbett, Sturt, hop growing, etc) and regular exhibitions. The Museum work hard to make their offering attractive to children, who seem to like the experience. I have used the library on frequent occasions to research local history.

1  Thank crockers727
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Because Farnham is a very old town and the museum fairly compact it makes going round and viewing very easy and not tiring. Lots of artifacts on show and with good labelling. Tucked away on West Street but worth a visit

1  Thank Mary B
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Reviewed 11 September 2013

We have visited Farnham Museum for years and always enjoyed. There is a good range of standard exhibits as well as great temporary exhibits and kids' activities. There is also a good shop as well as nice staff and a good crafts area down the garden.

Thank Herbie L
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Having lived in Farnham for 45 years, my wife and I decided it was time we visited the museum. We realised that it was not likely to challenge the British Museum but even so we came away somewhat disappointed. I really don't want to be critical of people who give their valuable time to looking after it and do the best they can but it is noticeably amateurish and there was little in the way of exhibits that excited us. Old pictures, yes but unless you knew the area, they would not mean much to you. Flint tools etc - but nothing of any size or condition.
Bearing in mind the centuries of habitation in the area - from Stoneage, through Roman encampments, the Castle ( the home of the Bishop of Winchester ), the production of some of the first motor cars, home of Mike Hawthorne, connection with William Cobbett - We expected more.
I note that all the previous reviews are by local people or persons connected with the museum, so perhaps they see it through rose tinted glasses but it would certainly, in my opinion, not be a 'must see', for any visitor to the town and won't rate a second visit from me.

1  Thank Adrian R
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Reviewed 29 July 2013

Farnham museum is located on west street in farnham in a fine old building and behind it is a gem of a garden, slightly unkempt, delightfully discrete, where you can sit peace. There is an arts facility in the garden and you can often find things going on there. The museum suffers from lack of resource, but miracles have been done and farnham is, actually, rather a fascinating place, having for long been the home of the bishops of Winchester. The little library study room is a disorganised treasure trove for the local historian and the associated society runs interesting lectures and produces first rate publications. I often pop in and usually find something new. It doesn't have a tired air about it. A valuable resource!

Thank Roy W
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