Visit the John Reed Gallery, named after Brigadier John Reed who established the museum in 1984. It's in one of the only two surviving barrack bungalows built in North Camp in the 1890s. You can see the recreated barrack displays of the 1890s and 1950s, or even a married quarter living room of the 1960s. Along side hundreds of objects ranging from a hoof pick to a search light, there are also many things to do. For younger (or older!) visitors there are puzzle cubes, a training tunnel, 'feely boxes' - you can even take a 'ride' in a tank simulator. If you dare you can also be shouted at by a drill sergeant!
Rushmoor Local History Gallery tells the story of Aldershot and Farnborough, the people & businesses... see Potters drum makers, a Victorian shop, about the French Imperial Family, the construction of Farnborough Abbey and the pottery industry of Farnborough and Cove.
In 1908, Farnborough was the site of Britain's first powered flight by the American, Samuel Franklin Cody. The gallery includes a reconstruction of part of Cody's workshop.
Cody was a flamboyant character, frequently seen wearing a Stetson and riding a white horse. When flying, he was a little more practical and has been often pictured wearing this flying helmet. Although he never strapped himself into his aircraft or wore a parachute, the helmet did provide some measure of head protection. The helmet was purchased in 1996 and can be seen in the Cody Gallery.
This building once stood in the grounds of Field Marshal Montgomery's home at Isington near Alton. It was built for him in 1947 to house his war time caravans and was moved to the museum in 1995 and houses some of the museum's collection of larger exhibits including field guns and other vehicles.
This 1930s wooden barrack block came from Queen Elizabeth Barracks, Church Crookham, and was once the home of the Regimental Administration Offices for the camp. Carefully reconstructed at the museum thanks to a £50,000 Heritage Lottery grant, the Boyce Gallery explores the users of the barracks which were once home to the Royal Army Service Corps, Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Corps of Transport and many battalions from the Brigade of Gurkhas before closing in 2000.
If you are in need of refreshment we sell tea, coffee and hot chocolate as well as soft drinks.
We also have a nice selection of biscuits, crisps and other snacks. In good weather you can sit outside and enjoy a picnic!
Would your group or society like to have a display in the museum to celebrate or advertise what you do within the community?
Our Community Showcase, in the Boyce Building can be hired free of charge, for a period of three months. The showcase is very flexible and can display a range of objects, posters or text. There is also space for your leaflets.
Recent mini exhibitions include: local Scout groups, craftspeople, Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, Royal Observer Corps Museum and the Farnborough Air Science Trust.
If you are interested in hiring this showcase, then please contact the museum.