We can soon visit museums again! With the relaxing of lockdown restrictions most of the museums in the North Bucks area will be permitted to open, plus there’s a brand new museum (if you can call a museum brand new) opening in August.
Many, but not all of these museums require you to prebook; just click on the link.
Most of them have been busy creating new exhibits during lockdown, so if you’ve been before it’s time to go again! The museums are in order of location, starting from the North and working South.
If I’ve missed any museums, please let me know.
The Cowper & Newton Museum, Olney
This fine video is courtesy of the Cowper & Newton Museum.
Opening from Wednesday 19th May.
You can prebook at the link. They will accept walk-ins on the day but you may have to wait to be admitted.
This Olney museum is dedicated to the lives of William Cowper, poet, and John Newton, leading light in the abolition of slavery and composer of the hymn Amazing Grace. The two men were great friends.
Until next week, just the gardens and shop are open. After Wednesday the 19th, the museum will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am to 4:30pm. They will also be open on the Spring Bank Holiday Monday, from 11am to 4pm.
Milton Keynes Museum, Wolverton, Milton Keynes
Opening from Wednesday 19th April. Click on this next link to pre-book tickets.
Founded in 1973, the museum has thousands of artifacts from the local area, from small items right up to large farm machinery. They say “there will be lots of new old things to see!”
Normal opening hours are 11am to 4:30pm, Wednesday to Sunday.
The National Film and SciFi museum, Central Milton Keynes
Opening for the first time ever this year tickets can be booked now, for days from Friday 27th August onwards.
The museum will feature props, costumes and other relics from film and television programmes like Ghostbusters, Doctor Who, the Harry Potter films, and, as I saw through their window today, Star Trek, in the shape of a large starship model with the number NCC-1701-C and the name Enterprise. Mean anything to you?
They’ll be open every week day from 10am to 5pm.
Bletchley Park, Bletchley, Milton Keynes
Opening from Monday 17th May. "Advanced booking is essential”.
Bletchley Park was a manor house that became the centre of our World War Two codebreaking efforts. Without their work we may well have lost the war.
Summer opening hours are 9:30am to 5pm, every day.
The National Museum of Computing, Bletchley, Milton Keynes.
They plan to open from Friday 28th of May. Pre-book only.
The museum has the world’s largest collection of working historic computers, from the code breaking machines of the 1940s right up to mobile computing devices. This museum is in the grounds of Bletchley Park, though it operates independantly.
Opening times are normally 10:30am to 5pm, Tuesday to Sunday. Last admission is 4pm.
The Old Gaol, Buckingham
Opening from Monday, 17th May. You don’t have to prebook, but there are restrictions on numbers.
You can see “The grim reality of crime & punishment in 18th & 19th Century Buckingham” plus local artifacts, the Flora Thompson Collection, and the Lenborough hoard.
The museum will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm. It’s a small museum and a tour takes about 45 to 55 minutes.
Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, Quainton
Pre-booking is advised but not compulsory.
The restoration sheds, museum and visitor centre will be opening on Sunday 23rd May. The café, shop and outside areas are already open. The miniature railway plans to open on Sunday May 16th.
This working steam museum has engines from large express passenger locomotives to humble shunters, and a large number of wagons and smaller railway objects, on a large site. Steaming days are on Sundays and Bank holiday Monday.
The museum is open every day; 10:30am to 4:30pm on week days, 10:30 to 5pm on weekends.
Pitstone Green Museum, Pitstone
Opening from Sunday 27th June.
There will be no need to prebook.
It’s basically a rural life museum, but there’s much more to see, including vintage wirelesses, stationary engines, photo equipment, and a full sized reconstruction of part of a WW2 Lancaster bomber.
The museum normally opens on the second Sunday of the month and on bank holidays from March to October, 10:30am to 4:30pm.
The Bucks County Museum, Aylesbury
Opening from Tuesday 18th May. No need to pre-book for the museum or garden.
The museum has displays of objects gathered from all over Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. The main Touch of Bucks displays explore the county’s history, with interactive displays for every period.
Until next week, just the garden and cafe are open. After Tuesday the 19th, the museum will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, 11am to 3pm.
The Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery Aylesbury
Opening Saturday 22nd May. Pre-booking required.
Part of the Bucks County Museum and definitely aimed at children, the gallery has amazing science-type hands on exhibits to explore, all inspired by Roald Dahl’s stories.
Open on Saturdays, 11am to 3pm.
Haddenham Museum, Haddenham
Opening on Sunday 23rd May. No need to prebook; free entry.
This small museum tells the story of Haddenham with the many donated items they hold. You can browse through photo albums at the reading table. The museum is in the Old School Room behind the Methodist church.
Open on Tuesdays 10am to 12 Noon, and Sundays, 2pm to 4:30pm.
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