Bucks People and Landscapes

AMAZING NEW Discover Bucks Galleries is opening 11am, 2 April 2022.

Discover Bucks Museum is proud to present our new Discover Bucks Galleries.  You will discover the story of Bucks people and landscapes from 200 million years ago to today. The stories are featured in the five brand new galleries which display star objects.

Discover Bucks Geology

Your journey starts 200 million years ago in the Discover Bucks Geology gallery. In this gallery, fossils reveal the prehistoric creatures that swam in the Jurassic seas. Take a look at the ferocious sea monsters, and the giant Woolly mammoths that lived here during the Ice Age.

Discover Bucks Archaeology

In the Discover Bucks Archaeology gallery meet the earliest people to arrive in Bucks. Discover a spectacular 3000-year-old sword and the first-named woman in Bucks from Roman times. There is also one of the largest hoards of Anglo-Saxon coins ever found with coins of Aethelred the Unready and Cnut the Great. We also show the bones of a Saxon ‘Princess’ who was really a noblewoman from Aston Clinton.

Discover Bucks People

The Discover Bucks People gallery brings you into more recent history and up to the present day. It features a spectacular costume case displaying a Sikh bridal suit and an extraordinary piano with a harp on top called a Euphonicon from Claydon House. Along with these, we have a carefully conserved section of Chinese wallpaper from Hampden House. Fascinating objects tell stories about people from different communities and our video screens display 120 photos of Bucks people past and present celebrating their contribution and diversity.

Discover Bucks Art

Discover Bucks Art gallery tells a unique visual story of Bucks through artists past and present. This includes portraits of a Victorian jury, Aylesbury MP John Wilkes, to the magnificent Stowe statues of Saxon gods. There are also contemporary works, such as LGBTrees by a local artist from the LGBTQ community.

Discover Bucks Wildlife

Our Discover Bucks Wildlife gallery will be completed over the summer and open later this year. However, it already features an intriguing Black Poplar Tree replica cast from a tree in Vale Park, Aylesbury. If you look hard enough you’ll find birds and insects inside!

Launch Day 2 April

Launch Day will be a lively and special event to mark this historic day. Our curatorial team of experts will demonstrate the collections by handling objects and help you explore the stunning new displays. There will be a Bronze Age re-enactor working on a bronze age sword to guide you through prehistory exhibits.

Take part in art activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Paralympic Games and see the fabulous headdress from the 2012 Opening Ceremony on display. As well as all this there are the intricate motifs on the restored Chinese wallpaper from Hampden House.

Museum Director Sue Shave said,

“We are immensely proud of these new galleries, which are an incredible achievement during a worldwide pandemic, and made possible by our dedicated staff, volunteers, Friends and Patrons and our local communities. These stunning new displays will transform the Museum experience for everyone and provide a platform for new programmes for families, adults and schools around themes provided by the inspiration from the star objects on display. This is the day that we have all been waiting for – to see a museum that is more reflective of our communities and their stories and showcases the beautiful and unique landscapes and heritage of the County.”

Plan Your Visit

For Discover Bucks Museum opening times and ticket prices

Website: Admissions Discover Bucks Museum

Discover Bucks Galleries funders

Discover Bucks Museum is very grateful to:

  • The Trusts
  • Foundations
  • Section 106 Funding
  • Private donors

who have helped to raise the funding needed to make these galleries a reality – full details of supporters are found here.