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Watford Museum

Watford Museum tells the story of Watford past and present. Housed in the former offices of Benskins Brewery, it has displays of local history and industry, as well as paintings and sculpture.

There are nine galleries with permanent exhibitions on printing, brewing, football, wartime Watford, Victorian Watford, Modern Watford, Cassiobury park and house, archaeology and an Art Gallery featuring portraits of the Earls of Essex. The item of which the museum curators are most proud is a recent acquisition of an oil painting of Cassiobury house painted by John Wootton, which was bought with the help of the people of Watford.

One thing you might learn after a visit is that in Victorian times people had to pay to have their dead relatives guarded in the cemetery as body snatching was a very lucrative trade. More than 4,000 people visit the museum each year.

A regularly changing programme of temporary exhibitions ensures that there is always something new to see. Community groups, schools and local people are encouraged to display work in one of the museum's two temporary exhibition spaces.

The imposing façade of Watford Museum

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When: Thu, Fri, and Sat only

Where: Watford

Cost: Free

Opening Hours: 10am-5pm

Address: 194 High Street, Watford, WD17 2DT

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