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.
Museum, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site
Closed Sun Mon & public holidays
Extensive collections from Hertford, Hertfordshire and beyond. Local archaeology, social history, photographs, paintings and prints, plus ethnographic collection and Hertfordshire regiment collection.
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
Keep Young & Beautiful!
- 3 February — 14 April 2018 *on now
3rd February – 14th April 2018
Discover a range of concepts of beauty, how and why people have enhanced or changed their appearance, lifestyle activities and how we have kept in shape!
Illustrated by a wide range of amazing collections.
- Family friendly
Hidden Hertford Walks
- 23 October 2016 — 23 October 2106 *on now
Why not take a leisurely stroll to work up an appetite on a Sunday morning? All walks begin at 11am. Booking is essential.
Hertford Town Centre on Sunday 16th October led by Philip Sheail
Hertford and its Castle on Sunday 23rd October led by Gill Cordingley
Parliament Square on Sunday 6th November led by Jean Riddell
At World’s End on Sunday 27th November led by Peter Ruffles
Due to lack of donations on our previous walks, there is now a small charge to take part; this has to be paid when booking your place, either in person at the museum or by credit/debit card over the telephone. £2.00 per person.
£2.00 per person
Stay & Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum
- 3 March 2018 10:30am-4:30pm
- 7 April 2018 10:30am-4:30pm
Saturdays: 6th January, 3rd February, 3rd March, 7th April (10.30am - 4.30pm)
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 entry, just drop in
Knit & Natter
- 8 March 2018 1:30-3:30pm
- 12 April 2018 1:30-3:30pm
Second Thursday of the month 1.30pm - 3.30pm
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.
- Not suitable for children
£1 per person
Skin Deep: Investigating the Art of Tattooing
- 22 February 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Thursday 22nd February
6.30pm - 8.30pm
£5 per person
For tickets call 01992 582 686, Booking Essential!
Join Dr Gemma Angel as she scratches the surface of tattooing, its history and changing social attitudes towards the art form. Enjoy a glass of wine and a chance to see the exhibition after hours!
- Not suitable for children
£5 per ticket. Booking Essential
Hidden Hertford Walks - Where was Hertford Priory
- 25 March 2018 11am-12pm
Why not take a leisurely stroll to work up an appetite on a Sunday morning? Join local historian Jean Riddell to discover the extensive lands and history of Hertford Priory. All walks begin at 11am prompt at the museum. Booking is essential. £2 per person payable in advance.
£2 per person. Booking Essential
18 Bull Plain