Curtis Museum

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Curtis Museum, Alton

The Curtis Museum in Alton, is a local history museum in Hampshire, England.

The museum was founded by Dr William Curtis (1803–1881) in 1865.

In 2014, ownership of the museum was transferred to the Hampshire Cultural Trust as part of a larger transfer of museums from Hampshire County Council and Winchester City Council. [1]


It contains a wide range of artefacts and displays including:

Closure threat[edit]

In 2010, both the Curtis Museum and the Allen Gallery were under threat of closure, following their receipt of an email to that effect from the Museum & Arts Service.[2] The Museum and Gallery were taken over by the Hampshire Museums and Galleries Trust, which ran both buildings with the help of volunteers, on behalf of Hampshire County Council. As of May 2014, management was transferred back to Hampshire County Council.


  1. ^ "Hampshire and Winchester museums and art leased to trust". BBC News. 1 November 2014. Retrieved 2014-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Save The Alton Museums", 21 September 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2011.

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Coordinates: 51°09′00″N 0°58′27″W / 51.149926°N 0.974079°W / 51.149926; -0.974079