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Exhibition of Captain Oates & the Antarctic Exhibition at the Wakes

The Wakes is a museum in the Hampshire village of Selborne which was once home to the writer and naturalist, Gilbert White. Now a museum dedicated to Gilbert White, some rooms on the upper floor have been allocated to the Oates family; Frank Oates the African explorer and naturalist, and his nephew, Captain Lawrence Oates. Known for his heroism and courage, three rooms here tell the story of Oates and his role on the ill fated trip to the Antarctic.


Opening Hours

4 January – 17 February, Friday to Sunday, 10h30 – 16h30
18 February – 22nd December, Tuesday – Sunday, 10h30 – 16h00

Ticket Prices

Adult: £12
Child (5-16 yrs): £5,
Children under 5: free

Family tickets available


The gardens and ground floor are accessible to wheelchairs and pushchairs. There is no lift to reach the top floor.

Free parking is available next to the Church or further down the High Street.

Archaeology Travel Writer

Sarah Nash

Sarah has a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Masters degree in Archaeology. Besides an interest in archaeology and history, Sarah is also a travel obsessed bookworm. Given her aim to get her children to be equally interested in history and travel, Sarah started our History with Kids series of articles. Sarah has also written about places and museums to visit in Salisbury and London.

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