A Guide to Visiting

Never been to Chertsey Museum before? Sometimes it can be daunting for children to visit new places. This guide will give you an idea of what to expect when you walk through the doors. You can also download a copy of it .

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This is Chertsey Museum

We are open Tuesday to Friday from 12.30 pm to 4.30pm and on Saturday from 11am to 4pm.

 

We also open some mornings for education groups if they would like to visit.

 

 

 

 

You enter the museum building through a door at the side of the building which opens automatically as you approach.

 

You will be greeted by a member of staff at the reception desk. This is the person to ask if you need help.

 

 

 

 

Next to the reception desk is the door to the toilets with a basin to wash your hands. There are two toilets with hand dryers that can be a little bit noisy!

 

If you need to use the toilet let an adult in your group know.

 

 

 

 

This is a photo of the education room. This is where you will be given information about your visit and what you will be doing and seeing.

 

This is also the room that you will have your lunch in if you are here for the day.

 

 

 

 

After the education room you will go through this door to see the rest of the museum.

 

Our objects are displayed in cases because they are very special and must not be touched. Sometimes we let visitors touch things. There will be a sign to let you know when you can touch the museum objects.

 

Some rooms have lights that are not very bright. This is because light can cause damage to the objects so they have to be dimmed. There is always enough light for you to see!

 

We change our exhibitions and what objects are on display during the year. This means that each visit to Chertsey Museum could be different. The following pictures of the museum show how it looks in May 2017, but the objects on display might have changed by the time you come to see us.

 

 

 

Costume Gallery

This is the room where we display things from our fashion collection. We display them on special stands called mannequins which are shaped like people. This is so that you can see what the clothes would look like when they are worn.

 

 

 

 

In this room are some clothes for you to dress up in, if you would like. They are similar to the costume you can see on display.

 

 

 

 

Accessories Gallery

This is the room where we display hats, gloves, bags and shoes.

 

There are drawers at the end of the gallery you can open to see more objects.

 

On the wall there are hats you can decorate and try on, ties you can wear, and fans you can use!

 

 

 

The Runnymede Room

This is the room where we display things from the local area.

 

It is where you can see our famous Viking sword and learn about the history of the borough of Runnymede.

 

 

 

 

When you have finished looking at the displays on the ground floor you can go upstairs to see the other rooms in the museum.

 

If you are not able to use the stairs you can ask the member of staff at the reception to show you were the lift is and how to use it.

 

 

 

First Floor

Temporary Exhibition Gallery

This is the room where we display exhibitions about the history of the area. The display changes 4 or 5 times a year so that visitors can learn something different and see new objects.

 

Sometimes we have music playing in this room.

 

 

 

Discovery Zone

We also exhibitions about the history of the area in this room. The display  change once a year, but there is always something fun to discover in here.

 

Sometimes we have music playing in this room too, and we have things for you to touch and play with.

 

 

 

 

When you have finished looking at the displays on the first floor you can go upstairs to see the rest of the museum.

 

 

 

Second Floor

Greek Pots

Chertsey Museum has a lot of Ancient Greek pots. Here is a photo of some of them. They are more than 2,000 years old.

 

 

 

 

You can dress up like an Ancient Greek person and try our Greek pot jigsaw!

 

 

 

Clocks

On the top floor of the building you can see some of the old clocks we have, and you can learn what makes a clock go tic-toc!

 

 

 

Research Room

This room is where we keep all the old photographs and documents about the history of the area. This room is only open on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons for people to find out information.

 

 

 

 

Don’t forget, if you have a question or need help, ask an adult with your group or the person behind the reception desk!

 

We hope you enjoy your visit to Chertsey Museum.