Bushey Museum and Art Gallery tells the story of Bushey and its unique artistic history.
Bushey Museum & Art Gallery
Rudolph Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 3HW
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 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
We would ask our visitors to continue wearing face masks and keeping a safe distance from our other visitors, since the COVID pandemic continues and infection levels are so high.
Museum - 020 8950 3233
Opening times: Thu-Sun 11am - 4pm
Office - 020 8420 4057
Opening times: Wed-Fri 10am - 4pm
Who are we?
The Bushey Museum & Art Gallery in Bushey, Hertfordshire has a local history collection, plus a major art collection spanning 200 years, with paintings, prints and drawings, sculpture, Bushey Heath lustre pottery and historic church silver as well as costume and embroidery.
The Museum has a unique artistic history - which is of national significance - and 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 parking in Kemp Place (chargeable!) which is off the High Street opposite Rudolph 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.
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 herewhere you can buy prints of over 120 of the pictures in our collection!
Bushey Museum Trust is a registered charity with the Charity Commission in England and Wales No. 294261.
© 2022, Bushey Museum Trust, a company limited by guarantee (England 01937575).
Love among the Easels – the Herkomer School and Romance
Until January 2023
The artworks in this exhibition are by a number of those students who met their partners while at the Herkomer School of Art - at least those that are recorded. It is likely that among nearly 600 students over 21 years there were many more affaires de coeur! More.
In Celebration of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth II
Anne Blessley Gallery
Until October 2022
The Queen has ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history. By 23rd April 2022, St. George’s Day, she will have reigned for over 70 years as a constitutional monarch through major political changes. More.
Pastimes in Past times - Bushey before TV
A selection of photographs showing how Bushey people spent their leisure time before the advent of television. More.
Ground floor galleries
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, and more! More.
This gallery also includes a collection of Bushey Heath Pottery, for more information, click here.
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 Gallery
A selection of large canvases featuring horses painted by Lucy Kemp-Welch (1869-1958).More.
Photographic Competition 2021
Click here to see the Winners of the 2021 Photographic Competition, along with the Highly Commended and Commended pictures, as well as the rest of the 90+ entries this year! The photo, right, was the Winner of the Bushey Class, 'Bushey Rose Garden' by Stephen Danzig.
Recent acquisition - a Herkomer painting not seen in public for 100 years is now on display!
The Museum is delighted to announce that it has acquired this unique Herkomer painting! Almost all of Herkomer's portaits were of men, but in 1885 he produced this portrait of Miss Katherine Grant - the painting known as 'The Lady in White'. Come and see it in the Herkomer Gallery. For more about this impressive painting, click here!
'Peace of Cake' Coffee Morning in March
A charity fundraiser at the Museum raised an impressive £630 for Peace Hospice Care in Watford. The event was held in memory of Museum Manager Gareth Wood, who sadly passed away last year at 53, and was cared for in his last weeks by the Peace Hospice. The Art Studio behind the Museum hosted over 100 visitors who enjoyed tea and home made cakes with volunteers from the Friends of Bushey Museum, led by its Chairwoman Rita Castle who said “The generosity of local people and friends of Gareth from further afield who attended enabled us to commemorate him by raising money to help other cancer sufferers.”
The Defibrillator is now installed
We are pleased to advise you that the Defibrillator - acquired in honour of Gareth Wood - has been received and is now installed. It is mounted on the wall close to the rear entrance to the Museum.
Having the defibrillator means that it can be deployed to give a patient the all-important shock to the heart prior to the ambulance arrival. The defibrillator is by no means a replacement to the ambulance service, but it allows the patient treatment to commence immediately. Importantly, anyone can use these devices and no special training is required. Time is of the essence in these cases, and prompt defibrillation can literally save lives.
We are hoping to arrange some hands-on training, but in the meantime click here to see short video showing how to use the defibrillator [The film is Australian, so when 'calling 000' is mentioned, in England it would be 999]. Do watch the video!
Artist of the Month
He was a painter in oils, watercolours, tempera and pastel of portraits, figure subjects and landscapes. He was also an important lithographer, etcher and charcoal draughtsman, and was distinguished as a writer on techniques of drawing. He studied at the Herkomer Art School from 1887. To see more click here.
Friends Outings, Meetings & Events
The Friends of Bushey Museum are holding a Coffee Morning on Saturday 24th September 2022 from 10.30 to 1.00. It will be held in the Art Studio behind Bushey Museum, Rudolph Road. All Proceeds will go to the Friends of Bushey Museum. Do pay by cash or cards!