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. It’s not a big museum but it is a nice cheap family activity. We are very regular visitors to Bucks County Museum so I’ll keep updating this review with any changes.
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.
I used to visit Bucks County Museum all the time with my Dad when I was a kid so I have a real soft spot for it. They used to have a massive dolls house on display but, sadly, it’s not on display anymore. I wonder what happened to it?
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. 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.
What’s changing at Bucks County Museum?
There are some exciting changes going on at Bucks County Museum. They are in the process of updating the Tudor House, so it’s currently empty. In a way it’s a shame because this was always one of my favourite parts. Apparently there’s going to be loads of interactive 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. As always, I’ll keep updating this review of Bucks County Museum as these changes are made.
They change their on-site exhibitions every few months or so. They can be both free and chargeable; recently they’ve had Lego displays, photography and even had the TARDIS on site. The current exhibition at Bucks County Museum is Toy Box, which I’ve reviewed here. It is running until the 18th April 2020 and entry is free.
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.
Free entry to the museum. There may be charges for certain exhibitions, although most are free. There’s a separate charge for the Children’s Gallery.
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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