Museums in Buckinghamshire
A guide to Buckinghamshire, England, highlighting attractions, history, and visitor information.
Buckinghamshire Travel Guide - Museums
This page Amersham Museum - Wycombe Museum
The Amersham Museum is housed in a half-timbered merchant's hall dating from the 15th century. Within the hall are exhibits tracing the history and archaeology of the area, including medieval wall paintings, lacemaking, costumes, fossils, and local crafts.
The County Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a set of historic buildings, many of which date to the 15th century. The museum highlights the history and culture of Buckinghamshire through 8 distinct themed exhibits. The 8 displays focus on Jewellery, Clay and Brickmaking, Wood and Woodland, Farming, Fossils, Celts and Romans, Villages of Buckinghamshire, and of course, Lacemaking. Within the same set of buildings, but operated as a separate attraction, is the Roald Dahl Childrens Gallery, highlighting the life and works of the popular children's author.
Chalfont St Giles
This museum of vernacular buildings lets you visit a Victorian farmyard, a 1940's prefab, Medieval fields, an Iron Age house, or almost 30 other historic buildings. If, after all that, you need a break, just pop into the Edwardian public convenience.
This museum is housed in 'Orchard Side', the former home of 18th century writer and poet William Cowper. Among Cowper's friends was Rev. John Newton, co-author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace' and an active anti-slavery campaigner. The museum contains exhibits illustrating the life and times of the two men.
The Old Gaol stands at the top of Buckingham's Market Hill. The gaol dates to 1748 and for many years served as a prison. It has now been converted to use as a local museum of social history, with particular emphasis on local writer Flora Thompson, author of A Lark Rise to Candleford. You can visit the original gaol cells, and see exhibits related to Florence Nightingale.
For all kids and wannabe kids out there, this is a must-see. Enter the chocolatey doors of the Roald Dahl Museum for a memorable excursion into the mind of the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and other modern kids classics.
Wycombe Museum is best known for its collection of Windsor chairs. In addition there are exhibits on life in the Wycombe area and the furniture industry that once flourished here. The museum is housed in an attractive 18th century manor set in wide lawns.
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