We're open again!

The Museum has now re-opened! Initially, we're open on Thursdays and Fridays - and soon on Saturdays too! Do keep up-to-date through Facebook (here) , the Creative Hertfordshire website (here) and this website. We look forward to welcoming you to our lovely Museum again! 

About Us

Bushey Museum

Bushey Museum & Art Gallery

Rudolph Road, Bushey, Hertfordshire, WD23 3HW

Opening hours
When the Museum is open, we will be maintaining Covid-protective measures for all visitors and staff. These will include social distancing (two metres, please!), the wearing of masks, and the use of hand-gel. In addition, we will be asking visitors for their names and addresses for "track and trace" purposes ( these will be deleted after two weeks). We hope that these measures will give reassurance to all our visitors and our staff that Bushey Museum is indeed a safe place to visit, and we very much look forward to welcoming you to our Museum.

While the Museum was closed, we have enlarged the Herkomer Gallery, enabling us to display more exhibits relating to this great man. Please see What's On for details of the Exhibitions in place for the re-opening.

Opening times:
Thursdays   11.00 am to 4.00 pm
Fridays         11.00 am to 4.00 pm
And gradually increasing to our usual hours, including Saturdays and Sundays.
Admission free

Museum 020 8950 3233      Thu-Fri  11am - 4pm
Office 020 8420 4057            Fri            11am - 4pm
And gradually increasing to our usual hours.

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).


Watford Writers logoMerman reaching up by Myrtle Broome

New! 'Watford Writers' group recently ran a writing competition in conjunction with Bushey Museum - we supplied them with some 12 images of paintings from our collection and their task was to write a story or poem inspired by one of the images, in no more than 350 words. 1st Place was jointly awarded to: Lesley Kerr for 'Another Life: A Fairytale', inspired by 'Merman Reaching up' by Myrtle Florence Broome, and Brian Bold for 'Framed', inspired by 'Domestic Scene' by William A Sims. See the pictures and read their stories here.

New! "What’s in a name?"
A look at the origin of Bushey place names.

Fun activities from our Educational Team

Bushey street namesAlthough aimed at primary school aged children, anyone can do these activities. Do you know why the Horse & Chains and Chalk Hill are so called? The Museum's Education Team invite you to complete their linked activities and learn more about Bushey and hopefully the answer to the question above as well as enjoy yourself.

Click here to watch our video introduction and then get started! Good luck!

Photographic Competition 2020 Results!

We are delighted to announce the Winners of this year's Photographic Competition! You can see the photos, as well as the Highly Commended and Commended photos, along with all other entries. Just click here and enjoy!

'Voices from the Past' booklets

Voices from the Past posterClick 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!

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
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.

Planned Exhibitions

On the Move: getting about in Bushey

Anne Blessley Gallery

This exhibition will feature 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
Graham Boyd, b. 1928

Graham worked at the Meadow Studios, Bushey in the 1950s. He exhibited his paintings at the Museum several times:  The Long Haul (2004), Bushey Artists and Meadow Studios (2006/7) and Visual Metaphors (2010). In 2019 he was bestowed a Fellowship at the University of Hertfordshire ‘in recognition of his contribution to art and his services to the University'. Graham has exhibited widely around the world. Read more about him and see more of his paintings here.

Picture of Friends August newsletterNew! Friend's August Newsletter
There is no printed Newsletter this time so for a digital copy just click:
Friends Newsletter August 2020 (PDF, 1.28MB)

Story Writing CompetitionNew! Story Writing Competition

Do you have children between five and eleven years of age? And do they enjoy telling stories? If so, then why not enter our summer Story Writing Competition.

Click here to read more our Story Writing Competition for children aged 5 to 11.

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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