Bishop's Stortford Museum

Exterior view of the Bishop's Stortford Museum
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The Bishop's Stortford Museum was created in 2002 following the merger of the Rhodes Memorial Museum and the Bishop's Stortford Local History Museum. The Museum has collections relating to local history, archaeology, Cecil Rhodes and Southern Africa. The Museum is housed in Netteswell House, the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes.

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Opening hours

Mon - Fri 10.00 - 17.00
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
Public Holidays 10.00-15.00

Closed: Sun
Christmas & New Year

Admission charges


Additional info

Guided tours are available by appointment only.

The Rhodes collection includes photographs, portraits, models, costumes, furniture and a selection of ethnographic objects. Exhibits illustrate African cultural traditions from basketry and beadwork to wood carving and weaponry.

The major local history archive is that of Sir Walter Gilbey, and contains personal correspondence, documents of the W & A Gilbey Wine Co and the family connections. The local history collection is broad-based due to its proximity to the Essex/Herts border.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Cecil Rhodes
  • Sir Walter Gilbey and the W & A Gilbey Wine Co
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Bishop's Stortford Museum

Museums at Night: Night Time Trail

  • 16 May 2018 5-8pm

As our contribution to the UK-wide “Museums at Night” events we will be hosting our very own night time trail. Find your way around our galleries by torchlight and discover the clues in the museum. Can you answer all of the questions to win a sweet treat at the end? Ideal for children 3+, must be accompanied by an adult.
No need to book, just ask at reception for your trail sheet.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Bishop's Stortford Museum
South Road
Bishop's Stortford
CM23 3JG




01279 651746


01279 467171

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