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Museums

Within easy distance of Princes Risborough

 

Thame Museum

Located in Thame about 7 miles from Princes Risborough, Thame Museum has a fine collection of objects, photographs and documents related to the Thame area. There are hundreds of objects spread over three rooms, with everything from Elizabethan wall paintings to a Civil War soldier’s uniform. 

Thame Museum has an extensive database of oral history interviews. This programme has been running since May 2007 and documents the memories of over 40 people.   The recordings cover a range of local subjects, places and events. Many of the interviews have been edited and some 500 separate clips have been taken from the original recordings. Some of these have been placed on the two Audiopoint machines in the museum’s main gallery.

 

The Buckinghamshire County Museum

Located in AylesburyBucks County Museum about 8 miles from Princes Risborough, this award winning County Museum is in the attractive old town area of Aylesbury in beautifully restored buildings, some dating from the 15th century. The museum showcases the County’s rich heritage alongside a changing programme of exhibitions in the Buckinghamshire Art Gallery and we also have the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery.

Our collections include Archaeology – all the prehistoric, Roman and medieval finds from Bucks and Milton Keynes; Wildlife – plants and animals, birds and insects; Fossils, rocks  and minerals; Clothing from Georgian times right up to the 21st century; Textiles – lace, needlework, patchwork and quilts; Buckinghamshire social history of every shape and size;  Contemporary studio pottery; Pictures – paintings, drawings and prints.

 

  

Wycombe Museum

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Located in High Wycombe 9 miles from Princes Risborough and set in beautiful grounds, and with exciting hands-on activities, Wycombe Museum is a great place to discover  the fascinating and varied history of the district and the famous collection of Windsor chairs.

 Museum address: Wycombe Museum, Priory Avenue, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP13 6PX

Usual opening times: Monday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm, Sunday: 2pm to 5pm, Bank holidays: Closed

Admission to the Museum is free.

 

 

The Ronald Dahl Museum

 Located in Great MisseRoald Dahlnden about 10 miles from Princes Risborough, this great little award-winning and family-friendly Museum is aimed at 6 to 12 year olds, features two fun and fact-packed galleries (including Solo Gallery featuring Roald Dahl’s original Writing Hut) and our fantabulous interactive Story Centre.

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The Museum is open 10am to 5pm, Tuesday to Friday and 11am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

  

 

 

 

Tring Natural History Museum

Tring is about 15 miles from Princes RisboroughtringZebraLogo

Discover the fascinating animals collected by Lionel Walter Rothschild, in our beautiful Victorian Museum. It is home to the world-class research and collections of the Natural History Museum’s Bird Group.

Opening Times Monday to Saturday 10:00 – 17:00, Sunday 14:00 – 17:00. The Museum is open every day except 24-26 December.

 

 

Chiltern Open Air Museum

 Located in Chalfont St Giles about 20 miles from Princes RisboroughChiltern_Open_Air_Museum

A beautiful open air museum with an outstanding collection of historic buildings, working traditional farm, award-winning schools workshops and living history events. 

 Open daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm (last admission 3.30pm)
2014 Season: 29 March – 31 October

 

 

Stately Homes

Within easy distance

Hughenden Manor

Hughenden Manor

Country home of the Victorian statesman Benjamin Disraeli

Hughenden Manor offers a vivid insight into the charismatic personality and colourful private life of the most unlikely Victorian Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, who lived here from 1848 to 1881. You can browse among an extraordinary collection of personal memorabilia and there are hands-on activities for children. Hughenden’s secret wartime past is revealed in our Second World War room in the cellars, with interactive exhibits and eye-witness accounts. The formal garden has been recreated based on the original designs of Mary Anne Disraeli and there are beautiful woodland walks surrounding this fascinating country home.

 

 

West Wycombe Estate 

West Wycombe

Situated only about 6 miles from Princes Risborough, West Wycombe House and its 5000 acre estate is the home of the Dashwood family and has been since 1698.  The first Sir Francis Dashwood built a house on the site, although barely any of this original house is visible, as it was incorporated into the extensive remodelling of the house undertaken by his son the second Sir Francis Dashwood.

The house is still substantially as this Sir Francis left it, drawing inspiration from his Grand Tour through Europe in his youth, he created an exquisite Palladian villa that with its porticoes and colonnades would be equally comfortable set in either Italy or Greece.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waddesdon  Manor 

Waddesdon

Situated about 16 miles from Princes Risborough, Waddesdon was built over a century ago, by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild,  the House and its setting were created to delight and surprise the small circle of Baron Ferdinand’s friends. 

Today, more than 300,000 visitors a year come to Waddesdon to appreciate the exceptional architecture, art collections and gardens.Waddesdon Manor.