Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children's Gallery

Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury
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Bucks County Museum is in the attractive old town area of Aylesbury in beautifully restored buildings which range from a 15th century timber framed guildhall through elegant Georgian brick to the modern art gallery, all clustered around a peaceful walled garden. The permanent displays explore the county’s rich heritage of art, history, archaeology, wildlife and geology and include exhibits on the Romans, Victorian Aylesbury, brickmaking, lacemaking and woodlands. Housed in a specially built garage in the Museum garden, is a Cubitt car, one of only six remaining cars built in Aylesbury in the 1920s. The Museum also has an exciting programme of changing exhibitions and events that are run throughout the year for both adults and families.

For hands-on discovery and amazing science, the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery is perfect for young visitors and is full of exciting exhibits inspired by Roald Dahl's wonderful stories and museum objects. Children can investigate minibeasts inside the Giant Peach, explore sound with the BFG or crawl along Fantastic Mr Fox's tunnel. There is also a garden café and a gift shop.

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Opening hours

Please check museum website for current opening hours.

Admission charges

There is no set admission charge to the County Museum but donations are welcome to support Bucks County Museum Trust, registered charity 1153345.

Some special exhibitions may have an admission charge.

Please check museum website for admission charges to the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, World Cultures, Fine Art, Medicine, Music, Coins and Medals, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Land Transport

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Sculpture of a head by artist Elisabeth Frink

Elisabeth Frink: sculptures, drawings, prints

  • 10 February — 21 April 2018 *on now

Fans of famous sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink (1930-1993) will have the opportunity to see a fabulous exhibition of sculptures, prints and drawings at Bucks County Museum in Aylesbury from 10 February to 21 April 2018. This is a unique chance to see the work of this iconic 21st Century female artist and to experience sculpture and drawings exploring themes of the impact of war on humans and animals, the expression of emotions and aggression and links with mythology.

The idea for the exhibition came from the well known bronze life-sized sculpture of a black horse outside Lloyds Bank in Milton Keynes, commissioned in 1978. The exhibition commemorates the 25th anniversary of Frink’s death in 1993 and the 40th anniversary of the Lloyds’ commission.

The exhibition encompasses themes of Horses, Heads, Human Figures, Animals and Birds. Frink’s early influences growing up in Suffolk near a military airfield during WW2, her strong belief in human rights and devotion to themes associated with nature helped to shape her work. Frink was one of five nominated Women of Achievement and she was depicted on British stamps in August 1996.
Pieces are being loaned from the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art, the Lightbox in Woking, the Sladmore Gallery in London and private collections. Highlights include a Riace III figure, a 2 metre tall bronze warrior which will dominate the gallery, a Goggle Head, an Easter Head, an Eagle Lectern and many original drawings including Warrior Birds and Horse and Rider. Entry to the exhibition by donation.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Entry to the exhibition is by donation

Bucks County Museum & Roald Dahl Children's Gallery
Church Street
HP20 2QP







01296 331441

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01296 331441

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