Hackney Museum

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Hackney Museum brings the world to your doorstep! We are a family friendly community museum exploring the long history of migration and settlement in Hackney, through objects, interactive displays and oral histories. There is always something new to see at Hackney Museum in our two temporary exhibition spaces, with displays changing every four months. We also offer a year-round programme of adult events, family workshops and formal and informal learning.

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Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm

Closed: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

Admission charges


Hackney Museum's collections are broad. They include objects that relate to the local area's history, such as a Saxon log boat which is 1000 years old. We also collect objects that relate to communities' lives in Hackney, such as a set of Vietnamese painted fingernails. Finally we collect objects that relate to communities' lives in their countries of origin, such as a Nigerian catapult.

Collection details

World Cultures, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Fine Art, Film and Media, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Anglo Saxon logboat, Jewish Cloth badge and anti-semitic newspaper from Nazi Germany, Dennis Morris Photographs, Tom Hunter photographs, Huguenot silverwear, Eel Pie and Mash Shop, Rachel Whiteread photographs, Victorian fire engine, Vietnamese painted finger nails,
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
From Bedroom to Battleground: An exhibition of young LGBTQIA people's stories

From Bedroom to Battleground: An exhibition of young LGBTQIA people's stories

  • 1 February — 5 May 2018 *on now

This exhibition shares the voices of the members of Project Indigo, a local LGBTQI+ youth group run by Off Centre, a young people’s mental health and wellbeing charity.  
The members of Project Indigo hope that by sharing their personal stories, they can help to teach people what it’s like to be young and LGBTQI+ in Hackney.



Making Her Mark: 100 years of women's activism in Hackney

Making Her Mark: 100 years of women's activism in Hackney

  • 6 February — 19 May 2018 *on now

In 1918 most women over 30 gained the right to vote in parliamentary elections. Since then local women have continued to bring about change in their community and in wider society through political campaigns, industrial action, peaceful protest, direct action, and the arts.
This exhibition tells the story of women-led activism in Hackney from 1918 to the present day.
Created by the East End Women’s Museum in collaboration with Hackney Museum. 

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

A Resource Pack for Teachers

The pack is aimed at Key Stage 1, 2 and Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers. It is designed to support a visit to Hackney Museum and contains background information on all the displays. The pack contains an information booklet to guide you through the displays and activities available at the museum, and worksheets, discussion, role-play and photo cards – packed full of good ideas on how to prepare and follow up on your visit.
For a copy of the teachers pack or for information on the free educational workshops designed to compliment the National Curriculum contact the Education Officer on 02083562529.


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How to obtain

Call Hackney Museum's Education Officer on 020 8356 2529 or pick one up from the museum front desk.

Hackney Museum
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
Greater London
E8 1GQ






020 8356 2509

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