Welcome to Wycombe Museum

Inspiring learning and discovery through our furniture-making specialism, our imaginative collections, and as a vital community charity.
Known to many as The Chair Museum.

Summer Holiday Activities

Unicorns & dragons, forest school, play with clay and more!

Search our Chair Database

A sample of our chair collection, with never-before public information searchable, filterable, browsable for all.

Eden Shopping Centre Pop-Up

Keeping the town connected to its heritage while we’re unable to safely open our galleries at Wycombe Museum’s home in Priory Road.

See exhibitions, shop for museum and town souvenirs, and take part in safe socially-distanced activities at Wycombe Museum’s Eden Centre Pop-Up.


Wycombe Museum looks after a collection of over 20,000 items recording the stories of High Wycombe and the surrounding area.
Furniture, social history artefacts, art, photographs and more. 

Me and My Chair

This exhibition is all about chairs, the people who own them, and the stories that they tell.

About Wycombe Museum

Wycombe Museum is a family friendly museum that explores the history of High Wycombe and the surrounding areas, through hands-on galleries. Known to many as the chair museum, our collection not only spans Wycombe’s furniture-making history, but also includes, art, photography, and many varied artefacts documenting the area’s rich social history.

Wycombe Museum is housed in a Grade II listed building, with parts dating back to the 1600s. We have an on-site cafe and are surrounded by a big beautiful garden, great for exploring. 

Wycombe Museum is an independent charity managed by Wycombe Heritage and Arts Trust.


Wycombe Museum
Priory Avenue
High Wycombe
HP13 6PX

01494 957210

Opening Hours

Wycombe Museum, gardens & cafe will be closed on Friday 13 August due to a private hire.

Wycombe Museum Galleries, Cafe & Gardens
Last entry to galleries and last orders in cafe 30mins before closing

Mon: Closed
Tues: 10am - 4pm
Wed: 11am - 3.30pm
Thu: 10am - 4pm
Fri: 11am - 3.30pm
Sat: Closed
Sun: 11am - 3.30pm

Eden Centre Pop-Up
Wed - Sun: 11am - 4pm
Closed Mon & Tues


Upcoming Events

Recent Wycombe Museum News

Featured Object: The Straw Splitter

Featured Object: The Straw Splitter

Straw splitters were used by women workers in the cottage industry of straw plaiting during the Tudor and Stuart times. The plaited straws would be sold to Luton, where they would be turned into straw hats. The invention of the straw splitter meant that local women...

Updates to Opening Hours for Summer Holidays

Updates to Opening Hours for Summer Holidays

These changes in opening times will be in place from Monday 26th July - Friday 27th August. Wycombe Museum Galleries & Gardens Last entry to galleries and last orders in cafe 30mins before closing Mon: ClosedTues: 10am - 4pmWed: 11am - 3.30pmThu: 10am - 4pmFri:...

COVID Precautions at Wycombe Museum after 19th July

COVID Precautions at Wycombe Museum after 19th July

As the government lift restrictions on life in England on 19th July, Wycombe Museum is still looking at the ways in which we can reassure our visitors, staff and volunteers that we are keeping you safe. We have reviewed our COVID safety precautions to decide how we...

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