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
High Streets & Hedgerows: The Pelhams
- 1 April — 17 June 2017 *on now
Saturday 1st April – Saturday 17th June 2017
Discover the history of Furneux, Stocking and Brent Pelham and the characters who lived there. The exhibition will include a wide range of objects, photos and recorded memories of those who made it their home.
- 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
- 6 May — 5 June 2017
- 3 June 2017 10:30am-4:30pm
Saturdays: 4th March, 1st April, 6th May, 3rd June (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
- 11 May 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
- 8 June 2017 10:30am-12:30pm
Second Thursday of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm
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
Hidden Hertford Walks
- 14 May 2017 11am-1pm
- 18 June 2017 11am-1pm
- 27 August 2017 11am-1pm
- 24 September 2017 11am-1pm
Why not take a leisurely stroll to work up an appetite on a Sunday morning? All walks begin at 11am prompt. Booking is essential. £2 payable per person in advance.
Old Cross and St Andrews Street Yards led by Jean Riddell on Sunday 14th May 2017
Central Hertford led by Philip Sheail on Sunday 18th June 2017
A Wander along West Street led by Peter Ruffles on Sunday 27th August 2017
How Hertford’s Pub Scene Was Shaped led by Les Middlewood on Sunday 24th September 2017
£2 per person
Museums at Night
- 20 May 2017 6-9pm
Join us for a special evening opening to celebrate the Museums at Night festival! Enjoy a drink from a licensed pay bar and listen to live music from local bands (TBC). Drop in, it’s free! Donations welcome.
Feathers and Fluff!
- 30 May — 1 June 2017
Tuesday 30th May, Wednesday 31st May and Thursday 1st June, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3pm) £1.50 per child.
Free spaces available for families on lower income- please visit our website for further details: www.hertfordmuseum.org
Drop in and take part in crafty activities inspired by the woodland animals in our collection. Make a feathery bird badge, a simple fluffy puppet and more!
£1.50 per child
Arts & Crafts for Adults: Pattern Printmaking Workshop
- 14 June 2017 10am-12:30pm
Wednesday 14th June
10am – 12.30pm £15 per person
• Be inspired by an introduction from our Curator to the amazing world of patterns within our collections.
• Design and make your own foam cut print.
• No experience necessary, full instruction from experienced artists.
• All materials provided, includes tea and coffee.
- Not suitable for children
£15 per person
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