SEARCH hands-on centre brings learning to life for schools, groups, families and the local community by providing exciting encounters with real museum collections.

SEARCH is a unique venue full of artefacts and specimens. We offer a very flexible resource and deliver real and relevant learning sessions for all age groups using our well-equipped science spaces and historic room sets. SEARCH is not just about history and science. We also have a wealth of resources that inspire creativity, art and literacy to encourage the development of skills and knowledge in all topics.

Our facilities are mainly available to pre-booked groups only, but look out for our family days and holiday workshops, when SEARCH is open to everyone.

All sessions at SEARCH need to be pre-booked. If you would like to book for your school or group, please email or call 02393 877840.

School visits

Our facilitator-led, topic-based sessions for schools are designed to enrich and enhance children’s learning and thinking skills across the curriculum using real artefacts and specimens.

We offer a range of two-hour workshops, tailored to meet your requirements, including complementary pre-visit meetings and the use of indoor areas for lunch.

Workshops with SEARCH at Gosport cost £120 per session.

Alternatively, you can use our educational loans boxes to develop your own bespoke projects, or provide learning hooks and exciting, meaningful outcomes for challenge-based work. 

Our workshops


Group visits

As well as reminiscence workshops, we offer a range of other sessions for adults, including those with learning disabilities. Hampshire Habitats (natural history), Roman Rubbish (archaeology), Museum Makers (art and display), and History Handling or Touching Nature(for visually impaired groups) are just a selection of the sessions available.

We also offer sessions for community-based children's groups such as Brownies and Cubs to support badge work on animals, hobbies, collecting, local history and more.


There is public car parking near SEARCH, including disabled spaces close to the building’s entrance. There is a separate level entrance to the ground floor, a lift to the first floor, accessible toilet and a portable hearing loop. More details are available at

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