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
Hides, Homes and The Harts Horns
- 28 April — 30 June 2018 *on now
28th April – 30th June 2018. Free Entry. Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Come and find out about the history of Hornsmill and the characters who lived there in this new exhibition at Hertford Museum. The exhibition is illustrated by a wide range of objects, photos and recorded memories of those who made the area their home.
- Family friendly
Hertford – Around the World and Back with Mr Smith
- 29 June 2018 6:30-9pm
Saturday 29th June 2018. 6.30 pm – 9.30 pm
Presenting a new range of images generously donated by Martin Smith in support of Hertford Museum. Meet Martin, learn about the fascinating storied behind his photographs and enjoy a glass of wine.
Open door event, free entry, donations welcome.
Bringing Home the Bacon
- 14 July — 20 October 2018
14th July – 20th October 2018
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Discover how we have sourced and consumed food in Hertford in this fascinating exhibition illustrated by a wealth of objects from the museum’s collection.
- 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
Chair-based Exercise at Hertford Museum
- 20 July 2018 10:30-11:30am
3rd Friday of the Month: 15th June, 20th July
10.30 am - 11.30 am
£1 Drop In, spaces are limited
Join Viv Thornton as she leads these great, low impact sessions. It’s a fun, new way to keep fit! Refreshments are provided.
£1 per person
- 23 June 2018 From 6:30pm
Saturday 23rd June 2018. 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm
Enjoy a relaxed, friendly evening of drawing with wine and nibbles at Hertford Museum.
Professional instruction and ideal for beginners
£15 per person, includes all refreshments and materials.
Booking essential, either at the museum or www.ticketsource.co.uk
- Not suitable for children
£15 per person. Bookable in advance
18 Bull Plain