Museum re-opening!

To mark the Museum's reopening to the public, Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Laurence Brass, newly elected Hertfordshire County Councillor, visited to see the art displays on Friday 21 May. They were greeted by Museum Trustee Chair Audrey Adams.

They were then conducted round the display of paintings by Art Curator Patricia Woollard. Mr Dowden spent nearly an hour with Museum volunteers before going on to new film studios in Borehamwood. He was presented with a pack of the new pamphlets 'Voices from the Past,' covering Bushey's history in the 20th century. Subjects include Schools, World Wars One and Two, Village and Working Life and , of course, Bushey Artists.

About Us

Bushey Museum

Bushey Museum & Art Gallery

Rudolph Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 3HW

Opening hours:
The Museum will reopen on Thursday, 20th May in line with the government's road map.

Thursdays     11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Fridays            11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Saturdays      11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Sundays         Closed

Important note: Visitors will still be required to wear a face covering in the Museum, observe social distancing and sign in for Track and Trace.

Museum 020 8950 3233
Opening times will be announced soon - but do leave a message on the answerphone.
Office 020 8420 4057
Opening times will be announced soon - but do leave a message on the answerphone.

Who are we?

The Bushey Museum & Art Gallery in Bushey, Hertfordshire shows local Bushey history from the earliest of times with displays of archaeology, artefacts, documents and historical maps, and which cover Bushey’s social and business heritage.

The Museum has a unique artistic history which is of national significance: it majors on Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA with works of art, artefacts and ephemera relating to him and his famous Art School in Bushey. There is also a major collection of paintings by Herkomer's student Lucy Kemp-Welch, as well as works by other artists drawn to Bushey by its artistic reputation.

Art UK say on their website: "...the art collection is the largest in Hertfordshire and is mainly from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with special interest in the Monro Circle of artists, Sir Hubert von Herkomer, Lucy Kemp-Welch and the pupils of their Art Schools and other Bushey art schools."

Located in an Edwardian former Council building close to Bushey High Street, it features galleries with displays of local history; Herkomer and Lucy Kemp-Welch paintings and memorabilia, as well as other Galleries with changing displays, see What's-On.

Click on Museum Shop to see the wide range of local history books, greetings cards featuring local artists' pictures - and much more - which can be bought in the Shop at the Museum, or via this website. And there is also a link to the Art UK website (see below as well) where you can buy prints of over 120 paintings from our Collection. Well worth a look!

There is a Meeting Room which is available for hire to local societies or individuals for meetings, talks, etc.

Parking and Accessibility

There is limited on-site free parking and additional free public parking in Kemp Place which is off the High Street opposite Rudolf Road. For more information about Accessibility click here.


The Visit Us page tells you how to get to the Museum.
The About Us page gives you more about the history of the Museum and what we have to offer.
The What’s On page includes details of all of our current Exhibitions.


Arts Council England

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery has Full Accreditation status with the Arts Council England (RD 1048). Visit their site here.

Art UK

Bushey Museum and Art Gallery is an Art UK Founder Partner. Visit their website here to see over 1000 of the paintings in our collection! And also visit their Art UK Shop here where you can buy prints of over 120 of the pictures in our collection!

Charity Commission

Bushey Museum Trust is a registered charity with the Charity Commission in England and Wales No. 294261.


© 2021, Bushey Museum Trust, a company limited by guarantee (England 01937575).

Artist of the Month

In 1892 he joined the Herkomer school in Bushey and in 1894 moved to St. Ives, Cornwall. He was an Impressionist, primarily as a painter of landscapes and animals.

To see more click here.

Photographic Competition 2021

The 2021 Competition is now open! Click here to download the Entry Form. The closing date for entries is 6 June 2021, and the prize for each class will be a £30 voucher to spend at SRS, Watford. Selected images will be displayed at Bushey Museum during July and August. Any queries? - email

You can still see the 2020 Competition Winners here.

#CollectingCovid Campaign

Hertsmere Museums are seeking to collect objects and first hand experiences to reflect local people’s lives during the Covid-19 Pandemic.  Hertsmere's Museums want to document and record this time to ensure future generations will be able to learn about and understand this extraordinary period. For more information about what sort of objects we are looking for, and how to submit them, click here.

Virtual Tours of our Exhibitions

While the Museum is closed, you can still visit some of the Exhibitions - but virtually! Just click here to see them!

Exhibitions & more

The Young Generation - Art by and about children

The Meeting on the Beach

Anne Blessley Gallery
20 May to 24 October 2021

A good number of artworks in the Museum’s collection involve children, including portraits of children; pictures that feature children; art specifically directed at children, and as well as art work by children. The exhibition encompasses all this, as well as children’s costumes and toys. More.

Before the Railway came to Bushey

4 and 6 High Street, BusheyJubilee Room
Over 50 surviving buildings in Bushey built before 1840 are listed as Grade 2, and there are more on the Local List. You can still get an idea of what the village was like before the age of the railway. This exhibition selects and describes the most interesting of these buildings. More.

Future Exhibitions

Travels with my Sketchbook – Beyond Bushey

Sunny Morning Pin Mill by Hugh Boycott Brown

Council Chamber
Dates to be announced

Many Bushey artists from Herkomer’s School of Art, as well as those who came after, travelled from far and wide with their palettes, either throughout the British Isles or abroad. This exhibition shows many works which continued the dissemination of Bushey’s artistic heritage. More.

On the Move: getting about in Bushey

Jubilee Room and Jubilee Case
Dates to be announced
This exhibition will feature photographs and artworks of the various ways in which we transported ourselves and our goods through the ages. More.

Local Bushey History

Ground floor galleries

Local history gallery

The gallery gives a social history of Bushey with maps, extracts of medieval documents, and some ancient artefacts. It includes local industries, schools, police and fire brigade history, the World Wars, transport, celebrities, Bushey Pottery, and more.   More.

Hubert von Herkomer - paintings & memorabilia

A self-portrait of Hubert von Herkomer dated around 1900.

Hubert von Herkomer Gallery

The life, work and castle of Sir Hubert von Herkomer RA, also his School of Art, and including some of his most notable paintings. More.

Lucy Kemp-Welch – paintings & watercolours

Lucy Kemp-Welch Gallery

A selection of large canvases featuring horses painted by Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958). More.



New! Friends' June 2021 Newsletter

June 2021 newsletter imageWe have issued our June 2021 Newsletter! Click here to download [pdf, 1.4 Mb].

More Bushey Museum Jigsaws!

Another way to keep interested during lockdown... just click on the picture to do the jigsaw. Enjoy!
And click here  to see more jigsaws!

Ploughing by Algernon Talmage
Ploughing by Algernon Talmage


Set of 8 Bushey Oral hostory leaflets'Voices from the Past' booklets

Click here to read more about our new series of 'Voices from the Past' booklets about the history of Bushey!

Friends Outings, Meetings & Events

Soon we will start planning Friends Meetings, Events and Outings again. Do keep checking in the Friends Newsletters and on this website for updates!

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