Hertford Museum

Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT






01992 582686


01992 552100

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The newly refurbished Hertford Museum opened in February 2010, thanks to the generous support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and many other kind donations. It was established in 1903 and is located in a 17th century town house with an attractive Jacobean style garden.

The displays on the ground floor tell the story of the early days of the museum, where objects from all over the world where collected, including exotic animals, Japanese armour and fossils. The whole of the first floor of the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the town and the townsfolk. A ring of Hertford faces shows Hertford’s famous and good. Visitors can find out about these people by dialling an old phone.

Find out all about childhood in Hertford, free time, health and wellbeing, shopping and the many industries that have shaped the town. See how big Hertford Castle really was with our model of the building in 1550. Find out all about the Hertfordshire Regiment and the stories of local men and women who fought and worked for their country.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700
Closed Sun Mon & public holidays

Admission charges

Admission Free

Extensive collections from Hertford, Hertfordshire and beyond. Local archaeology, social history, photographs, paintings and prints, plus ethnographic collection and Hertfordshire regiment collection.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Industry, Natural Sciences, Photography, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

On the Move: from skates to scooters

  • 5 April — 21 June 2014 *on now

How many ways can you think of travelling from A to B? Discover the amazing range of ways people have found to get around with this family friendly exhibition.
Free Entry, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Tremendous Transport at Hertford Museum

  • 16 — 17 April 2014 10:30am-3:30pm *on now

Trains, trams and trikes...buses, barges and bikes. Come along and get crafty with activities inspired by the transport displayed in our ‘On the Move’ exhibition! Different activities will run each week.
10:30 – 15:30, last entry 15:00.
£1.50 per child, just drop in

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Especially for children


£1.50 per child.




Teas in the Garden at Hertford Museum

  • 26 April — 30 August 2014
  • 31 May 2014 11am-4pm
  • 28 June 2014 11am-4pm
  • 26 July 2014 11am-4pm
  • 30 August 2014 11am-4pm
  • 27 September 2014 11am-4pm

On the last Saturday of the month throughout the summer pop in and treat yourself to a cream tea or a slice of homemade cake and relax in our beautiful Jacobean style knot garden.
Starting 26th April 2014

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Woodhall Park

Hidden Hertford Walks - Hidden Hertford

  • 27 April 2014 11am-12pm

Walk leader - Gill Cordingley. Why not take a leisurely stroll to work up an appetite on a Sunday morning? All walks begin at 11:00. Booking is essential, please contact the museum on 01992 582686 or hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com to secure your place(s) and find out the meeting point for the walk.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Hertford Museum Stores Open Day at the Seed Warehouse

  • 3 May 2014 11am-3pm

Saturday 3rd May 2014, 11.00 am – 3.00 pm
Go behind the scenes at Hertford Museum stores. Discover how we store and care for our vast and varied collections. See the larger vehicles in the museum collection that we could not fit in our ‘On the Move’ exhibition! Visit the Roman corn drying oven and learn more about the fascinating Foxholes Farm excavation.
Seed Warehouse, Maidenhead Yard, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PX

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Stay and Play

Stay and Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum

  • 3 May 2014 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 7 June 2014 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 5 July 2014 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 2 August 2014 10:30am-3:30pm
  • 6 September 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturdays: 3rd May, 7th June, 5th July, 2nd August & 6th September 2014
10.30 am – 3.30 pm
On the first Saturday of each month, The Andrews Room at Hertford Museum will be open for families to enjoy a free play session. Come along and play with traditional wooden toys, make something crafty and read a book. Whilst you are here why not use the discovery station toys to explore the galleries too?
Free, just drop in, donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Any age

Knit and Natter at Hertford Museum

  • 8 May 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 12 June 2014 10:30am-12:30pm
  • 10 July 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Second Thursday of the month, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
8th May, 12th June, 10th July
Whether you're a seasoned knitter or just a beginner bring your projects along to Hertford Museum. This is a chance to share ideas and patterns in a comfortable setting over a cup of tea of coffee.
£1 per person

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£1 per person

Schrödinger's Strings

Get Saturday Night Fever at Hertford Museum!

  • 17 May 2014 6-9pm

Embrace the 1970s at an evening of live music at Hertford Museum! Schrödinger’s Strings will be performing a 1970s inspired set. Enjoy a 1970s cocktail and cheese and pineapple on sticks!

Free entry, paid bar

Suitable for

  • 18+


Free entry, paid bar

Toddler Tuesdays

Toddler Tuesdays at Hertord Museum

  • 20 May 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 17 June 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 15 July 2014 10:30-11:30am

Come along and take part in themed crafty activities, play with toys and share a story! £1.50 per child including refreshments for all – please book in advance. ALL children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times
Tuesdays, 10.30 – 11.30 am
For children aged 2 – 4

20th May - Trendy Tractors
17th June - Riverbank Creatures
15th July - Knights and Princesses

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£1.50 per child - please book in advance




Animal Antics - Family Activites for May Half Term

  • 27 — 29 May 2014

Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th May 2014, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00 pm)
Make an animal mask and more crafty bits and pieces inspired by our natural history collection.
£1.50 per child, just drop in

Suitable for

  • Especially for children
  • Family friendly


£1.50 per child

Model Railway

Hertford Museum Model Railway Dat for Hertford Carnival

  • 22 June 2014 1-4pm

Sunday 22nd June 2014, 1.00 – 4.00 pm
Hertford Museum will open on a Sunday afternoon with Model Railways and Teas in the Garden to celebrate Hertford Carnival.
Free, just drop in, donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Family friendly