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
The Museum is now closed until further notice.
Normal opening times: Thursdays to Sundays, 11am to 4pm
Museum 020 8950 3233 Thu-Sun 11am - 4pm
Office 020 8420 4057 Wed-Fri 9.30am - 4pm
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.
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!
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).
Exhibitions & more
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.
Until 21st June 2020
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.
Until 22nd March 2020
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.
On the Move: getting about in Bushey
Anne Blessley Gallery
From 24th May 2020
This exhibition features the various ways in which we transported ourselves and our goods through the ages. 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, Bushey Pottery, and more. More.
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.
Living Artist of the Month
Douglas (Dougie) Chowns, born 1937
We are featuring Dougie as our first ‘Living Artist of the Month’. He was born in Watford and spent many years visiting the studios of Lucy Kemp-Welch and Marguerite Frobisher. He was recently in touch with the Museum to share a copy of the ‘New Zealand Artist Magazine’ where he is part of the editing team: the May-June edition is freely available (as a gesture during Covid-19) and includes an article by him. Dougie was Bushey Museum’s ‘Artist in Residence’ in 1994 which he recalls as the ‘honour of my life’. He has presented some paintings to Bushey Museum and the Bentley Priory Museum. Read more about him and see some of his paintings here.
Friends Outings, Meetings & Events
Friday 12 June
Outing - Southill House, Bedfordshire – Home of the Whitbread family
This Outing has been cancelled, but we plan to reschedule in due course.
...and once the current 'lockdown' is relaxed, we'll be offering lots of Friends' Meetings, Events and Outings again! Do keep checking on the website for updates!