Galleries & Collections
Dive into the art and stories of the river, revealed through the Museum’s galleries and vast collection.
The tales of Henley-on-Thames’ past, the journey of the sport of rowing, the personalities of the River Thames and the work of local Modern British artist John Piper are captured across 20,000 items including historic objects, books, artworks and photographs. Dive deeper to discover more about our special galleries and the fascinating stories and artefacts in them.
The River Thames
Uncover the rich wildlife on the banks of the Thames in the River Gallery. Get close to objects that reveal clues about its history from pre-historic times to today.
The Rowing Gallery presents the story of rowing from the enormous triremes of the Ancient Greeks to our modern Olympians and daring trans-Atlantic expeditions. Be inspired (and dwarfed) by boats of all histories set in one award-winning space.
Discover the UK’s only dedicated gallery to the work of celebrated Modern British artist – and Henley local – John Piper. Experience first-hand his artistic versatility; from painting and drawing to stained glass and ceramics.
The Town of Henley
Travel back through Henley’s history, discovering the stories and people that have shaped the town it is today in the Henley Gallery; from a 2000-year old hoard of Iron Age coins to Eva, first umpire’s launch for Henley Royal Regatta.
The Wind in the Willows
This is a story of friendship. Kenneth Grahame’s enchanting tale of four riverbank companions is retold in theatrical 3D, with a magical soundscape in the Wind in the Willows experience.
Our collections are at the heart of all we do
We hold the national collection of rowing and over 35,000 items ranging from an Anglo Saxon log boat to Olympic medals, John Piper’s mixed media artwork ‘String Solo’ (1934) to Iron Age gold coins – and much more besides.
It is through our collections that we can share the rich and varied stories in our galleries, but these are the tip of the iceberg and our stores hold many other treasures that cannot all be displayed. You can explore these online below, or arrange a research visit to the Museum.
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