Bucks County Museum is a small museum in the heart of Aylesbury. The building itself has an interesting history (it’s part Tudor house and it used to be the Grammar School) and the museum focuses on the local history of Aylesbury and the surrounding area. They used to have a massive dolls house on display when I was a kid but, sadly, it’s not on display anymore. It’s not a big museum but it is a nice cheap family activity.
Downstairs there is the main static display area which gives you some of the local natural and industrial history as well as two smaller exhibition rooms. Half of the upstairs tends to stay relatively static in terms of content but the other half changes quite regularly. They only have a couple of hands-on exhibits (other than anything going on as a special exhibition) but there are lots of drawers with “secret” things to find. The Tudor house area is the most hands-on and my older two love it. (Update May 2019 – they’re currently updating this area and making it even more hands on)
It is a small museum so you won’t be here for hours, but it’s a nice way to spend an hour or so, particularly if it’s raining. They regularly have both free and chargeable exhibitions; recently they’ve had Lego displays, photography and even had the TARDIS on site. If the weather is nice, they also have a small garden which is really pretty – this is also where their outdoors events are held. They also regularly hold events and craft activities during the holidays.
Summer 2019 Activities
The exhibition this summer isn’t going to be Lego based but is all about robots – Robots, Cyborgs and Androids. I’ve done a full review which you can find here.
The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery (not to be confused with the Roald Dahl museum) is also on the same site. This is chargeable though (a family ticket is £22 or a family annual pass is £35. Read my full review here.
Update June 2019 – There are some exciting changes going on at Bucks County Museum. They are currently in the process of updating the Tudor House, so it’s currenly empty, but there’s going to be loads of interative exhibits going in there soon. As you go around the museum you’ll notice there are things stuck to the floor. They have recently secured a large grant and are going to be completely overhauling the museum. It’s not going to be a quick process but it’s going to make a big difference.
Parking / How to get there
Parking – None on-site, use the town centre car parks.
Address – Church Street, Aylesbury, HP20 2QP
On-site including baby change
There’s a little coffee shop on site.
OUr review of Bucks County Museum
4 / 5. Small but perfectly formed. The pop up exhibitions are really good but, even without those, there’s enough to keep children entertained time and time again.
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