This award-winning museum is located in part of a fifteenth century timber-framed hall house in the centre of Old Amersham with a herb garden running down to the river. The museum features Amersham's history from archaeological finds to the town's more recent past. Children always welcome with many things to do and touch.
Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
We open Wed-Sun 12 noon-4.30pm
Guided walks around the old town on Sundays at 14.30, from Easter to the end of October.
Group visits and walks at other times by arrangement.
Adults £3.00 Under 16s FREE.
There is limited on-street parking in the High Street outside the museum.
There is access for visitors in wheelchairs on the ground floor and in the garden, and on the second floor via a lift.
The collection illustrates Amersham's history from the Romans to the twentieth century when the arrival of the railway created Metroland. There are displays on local crafts including chairmaking, lace making and straw plait, Amersham's industries from Weller's Brewery to World War II barrage balloons, local buildings and everyday objects.
Social History, Photography, Personalities, Land Transport, Industry, Archives, Architecture, Archaeology, Toys and Hobbies
Key artists and exhibits
- George Ward photos
Chiltern Club of Arts Juniors
- 19 October 2017 — 19 August 2018 *on now
Starting in September 2017 Amersham Museum will be launching a new after-school club for KS2 students; The Chiltern Club of Arts Juniors. Students will have a chance to learn about different types of art, local artists, and to try their hand at different art styles – this half term we will be exploring Visual Arts including drawing, painting, and photography. Throughout the half-term students will have the opportunity to work towards the Arts Award; a nationally recognised initiative from Arts Council England.
- 25 October 2017 12-4:30pm
Come and make your own rustic magic wand or spider-web cape, perfect for Halloween witches, wizards, or fairies.
All materials provided, suitable for 5+
£4 per child
Create! Creepy Crawlies
- 26 October 2017 12-4:30pm
Learn and play in the garden, constructing a bug hotel for creepy-crawly friends or making ‘herbology’ paints from natural garden ingredients.
All materials provided, suitable for 5+
£4 per child
Lantern making & Amersham scary stories experience
- 28 — 29 October 2017 12-5:30pm
Make your own Halloween lantern then stay late at the museum to hear spooky local ghost stories by lantern-light (lantern making 12-4pm, Amersham ghost stories 4:30-5:30pm).
All materials provided, refreshments available (during scary stories). Suitable for 5+ (please note the scary stories may not be suitable for our youngest visitors, though the event is aimed at children).
Tickets must be bought separately for both the lantern-making and the scary stories experience and can be found here. Normal admission apply.
£3 lantern making per child, £3 scary stories per person
School Visits and Guided Walks
Amersham Museum welcomes visits from school groups. We are currently developing a range of new sessions for schools, so watch this space for details of our new sessions in 2017.
Please fill in our online form to book your visit, or contact our Learning Officer to discuss the activities you would like to undertake – see below for session outlines.
Life in the 16th Century: Find out who lived here and how, over the centuries, they improved the house by adding chimneys and new windows. Study the building materials from wattle and daub to Tudor and modern bricks. Look for the original carpenter’s marks and witch marks!
Victorian Amersham: Look at our photographic archive and the museum displays to see what everyday life was like over 100 years ago. What could you buy in the local shops? Find out about local jobs, including the tools used by the chair maker, wheelwright and blacksmith or find out about lace making, straw plaiting and other jobs for children, as well as exploring Victorian maps of Amersham’s railway.
WWII & Refugees: Learn about how World War 2 changed Amersham, and how the town welcomed refugees from London and Europe. Write a letter home from the perspective of a refugee living in Amersham during the war, describing what life was like in wartime Buckinghamshire. Compare the story of Amersham’s wartime refugees with current events, and explore how war affects the lives of people in the past and present.
Traditional Toys: Discover our range of typical toys from the 20th century and have a handling session with toys old and new to discuss the differences. There is an opportunity to talk about what type of materials were used, and compare the toys enjoyed by rich and poor children, before designing a new toy using what we’ve learnt from the toys of the past.
Amersham & The Railway: Explore the ways in which the railway shaped Amersham using modern and historic maps. Learn about how to read a map, and use what you’ve learned to plan your own railway line. Hear about historic opposition to the railway in Amersham, and compare this with modern issues around HS2 – stage a debate for and against the building of a new high speed railway line through the area.
Art & Local Artists: Learn about artists local to Amersham, and experience some of their creations. Take a short walk through Old Amersham, matching watercolour paintings to existing historic buildings. Experiment with different art forms to create your own work of art based on historic Amersham, and work towards your Discover or Explore level of the Arts Award*.
Fossils & Prehistory: Look through the incredible illustrations of Robin Reid, a local fossil collector, and learn about ancient dinosaurs and local Amersham geology. Discover how fossils are made, and draw your own primeval illustrations.
Guided walks: Walk around the old town to find out more about why the town is here and how the arrival of stage coaches and the coming of the railway altered the town. Or study the different construction methods and materials used to build the houses in the High Street. Old Amersham is an excellent contrast to other more modern towns for local history studies.
How to obtain
The museum is happy to work with teachers to develop tailored activities to fit with specific courses of study. Please contact our Learning Officer to discuss your needs.
49 High Street