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Guildford Museum

What's on at Guildford Museum

Explore our local history from the age of prehistoric man to modern life and times. Discover more about famous people connected with Guildford and Surrey. Including garden designer Gertrude Jekyll and author Lewis Carroll. Enjoy our unique collection of needlework and toys. As well as free displays and exhibitions, we have a programme of events and activities for all ages.

We are open Wednesday to Saturdays 12noon to 4.30pm (last entry 4pm).

Secret Agent Hub

Date: Saturday 10 February until Saturday 6 July

Have you got what it takes to be a secret agent?

The Secret Agent Hub is full of family friendly activities to practise your spy skills, just like those used by SOE agents featured in our Secret Guildford exhibition.

Join Agent Dash Hound to

  • read and send secret messages using Morse Code and Slidex
  • design an everyday object that hides a secret message, map or gadget
  • disguise yourself so the enemy won't recognise you
  • design a camouflage outfit for a secret agent parachuting into enemy land 

Family Fun! I'm a Spy Craft and Story Time

Date: Friday 12 April
Times: 10.30am - 11.15am
Location: Guildford Museum

Free. Donations are welcome. No need to book, places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

A special story time for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers. Listen to the stories about secret agents '006 and a Bit' and 'Spyder'. Make a disguise to hide yourself. A joint event run by Guildford Library and Guildford Museum.


From a Garrison to a Garden

Dates: 27 April to 14 September 2024


Discover stories of Guildford Castle. From Norman fortress, to surviving medieval tower surrounded by glorious gardens.

Find out what it was used for, including a garrison, royal palace and prison. The exhibition tells the story of the Castle Gardens too, with a crafted garden at the centre of the display.  

Drop in to design and create your own flower bed or craft individual flowers and add to our installation. You could also join in our facilitated activities inspired by flowers and gardens.

a vase filled with flowers made from coloured paper
Family Fun Drop In! Big Blooms

Dates: Wednesday 29 May
Times: 12noon - 2pm


Suitable for ages 5+

Help our garden grow by making oversized paper flowers. Take them home with you or leave them with us to brighten up the museum as part of our From a Garrison to a Garden display.

Soldiers of Surrey: A display from the Surrey Infantry Collection

A pair of binoculars on a glass counter
Dates: available during opening hours

Free entry

June 6, 2024, is the 80th anniversary of the Normandy landings. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history. Led by the Allied Forces, the landings liberated Western Europe from Nazi occupation.  

This Surrey Infantry Collection display D-Day +80 commemorates this anniversary of the Normandy landings. Discover the stories of the men of Surrey who helped ensure the success of the Allied landings, told through personal and technical objects. 

Image courtesy of the Surrey Infantry Collection

On the Trail of Guildford's History 

Be a history detective! Search Guildford Museum, Quarry Street and Guildford Castle Grounds to find clues which tell us about the past.

Download the trail. (PDF) [1MB] or pick up a copy from Guildford Museum.

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