Watford Museum

Watford Museum
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Telling the story of Watford past and present, Watford Museum is housed in the former Benskins Brewery Mansion. The museum has displays of local history and industry, including Watford Football Club memorabilia and the Cassiobury Collection of fine art.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Thursday -Saturday 1000-1700

Admission charges

Admission free

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Benskins Brewery
  • Watford Football Club
  • Cassiobury Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
View of a bunny cut from paper and a text paper installation

Paper Scissors Stone: Taking Paper Beyond the Page

  • 2 July — 29 August 2015 *on now

An imaginative and thought-provoking collection based around the re-shaping of paper, narrative and meaning. Paper forms, including books, newspaper and other objects or settings re-interpret both the materials and world around us. Five artists with different yet complementary styles deliver an exciting and engaging exhibition. Featuring artists Janie Graham, Jo Howe, Chris Lee, Caroline Lumb and Hillary Taylor.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Poster for WW1 exhibition, photograph of seated regiment, an image of the ship the Lusitania and a man and delivery cart.

Watford During the Great War 100 Years On: 1915

  • 6 August — 26 September 2015 *on now

The second in a series of annual exhibitions commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the First World War. The story is being told as it was reported in Watford in 1915, through words and pictures taken from local newspapers and personal letters. There will also be a focus on the Lusitania and its impact on a local family.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission.



Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Poster for event, portraits of stand up comedians with date and times.

Papermouth Get Your Giggle On

  • 5 September 2015 7:30-10pm

Expect a night of stonkin' local comedy stand-up at Watford Museum! The line up includes Nick Clohessy, Dale Carpenter, Mark Tomlinson and Alan Ronald. Not to mention extra special guests Owen Niblock and Tiernan Douieb.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Free entry, no booking required.



Silhouette tree, broken bench and a little boy standing in the rain.

Shadow Town

  • 12 September 2015 7-9pm

Explore the shadowy world inside Watford Museum created by artistic director Mark Crane. Live performances, music and shadow puppets lead visitors on a silhouette journey through Watford's history.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Free admission, no booking required.



Watford Museum
194 Lower High Street
WD17 2DG






01923 232297


01923 224772

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