Museum Reopening
We are pleased to announce that the Museum reopened on Thursday, 3rd December for three days a week - Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Once again, we will be observing government guidelines, and all visitors will be required to wear a face covering, sign in for Track and Trace, and maintain social distancing while inside the building.

About Us

Bushey Museum

Address
Bushey Museum & Art Gallery

Rudolph Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 3HW

Opening hours:
The Museum is closed until further notice. 

Phone
Museum 020 8950 3233
- Thu-Sat, 11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Office 020 8420 4057
- Wed-Fri, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

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.

 

© 2020, Bushey Museum Trust, a company limited by guarantee (England 01937575).

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!

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!

Photographic Competition 2020 Results!

Click here to see the photos of the Winners of the 2020 Photographic Competition! You can also see the Highly Commended and Commended photos, along with all other entries.

Exhibitions & more

20/20 Vision – 200 Years of history in Bushey

Anne Blessley Gallery

To mark the beginning of a new decade, this exhibition plays on the phrase '20/20 vision', in as much as the focus will be on items in the Museum’s collection from 1820, 1920 and 2020. Exhibits will include old and new artworks, costume as well as oral history. More.

Recent Arrivals – Additions to the Bushey Museum's Collection

Council Chamber
Until 10 January 2021
This exhibition includes new items donated to, or purchased by, the Museum. On show are local history and pottery items, photographs, costumes, as well artworks to demonstrate the great diversity of the collection, the bulk of which is usually hidden from view. 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.

The Young Generation - Art by and about children

The Meeting on the Beach

Anne Blessley Gallery
Dates to be announced

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.

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.

 

 

Living Artist of the Month

Bluebells, Whippendell Woods, 2020
Bluebells, Whippendell Woods, 2020

Painting and drawing have always been part of Anthony's life and watercolour is his passion: this medium has proven ideal to capture the architecture and landscapes throughout Britain. Anthony’s work has been exhibited widely in Hertfordshire and Bushey Museum has a collection of his paintings. To see more click here.

Picture of Friends October newsletterFriend's October Newsletter
There is no printed Newsletter this time so for a digital copy just click:
Friends Newsletter October 2020  (PDF, 2MB) 

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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