Hertford Museum

Hertford Museum
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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.

Wolves, White Hats & Worthy Electors: A History of Hertford’s Political Campaigns

  • 14 October 2017 — 13 January 2018 *on now

14th October 2017 – 13th January 2018
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm
Discover Hertford’s exciting political campaign history and some of the extreme lengths candidates went to in order to secure votes.



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.
Hidden Hertford

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




Christmassy Crafts!

  • 21 December 2017 10:30am-3:30pm

Thursday 21st December, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm, (last entry 3pm), £1.50 per child

Drop in and join us for a special day of making Christmas crafts!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6


£1.50 per child

Stay & Play

Stay & Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum

  • 6 January 2018 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 3 February 2018 10:30am-4:30pm
  • 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

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6


Free, drop-in



Knit & Natter

Knit & Natter

  • 11 January 2018 1:30-3:30pm
  • 8 February 2018 1:30-3:30pm
  • 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.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£1 per person




Hertford Museum Presents: Hornsmill Memory Day

  • 20 January 2018 2-4pm

Saturday 20th January, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at
Hornsmill Community Centre, 115E Cecil Rd, Hertford SG13 8HS

Help us prepare for our new exhibition focused on Hornsmill!

We are looking for
• Memories
• Stories
• Photographs
• Memorabilia
Drop in for coffee and cake and tell us what makes YOUR area unique!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT






01992 582686


01992 552100

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