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.
Keep Young & Beautiful

Keep Young & Beautiful!

  • 3 February — 14 April 2018 *on now

3rd February – 14th April 2018
Free Entry!
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.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly





Stores open Day

Hertford Museum Stores Open Day

  • 21 April 2018 11am-3pm

Go behind the scenes at Hertford Museum stores. Discover how we store and care for our vast and varied collection. Visit the Roman corn drying oven and learn more about the fascinating Foxholes Farm excavation. Visit our reference library and see some of our volunteers in action conserving collections in the workroom. Enjoy a cup of tea and cake and FREE family crafts in the Millbridge room. Free Admission, drop in! Donations always welcome

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.
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



Stay & Play

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

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6


Free, drop-in



Knit & Natter

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.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£1 per person



Chair Based Excercise

Hertford Museum Presents: Chair Based Exercise

  • 24 March 2018 11am, 2-3pm

Saturday 24nd March
11.00 am And 14.00 pm
Explore different ways to keep young and beautiful with chair based exercise! These taster sessions are a low impact way to keep fit. Great fun for all ages and abilities!
Free, but spaces are limited so booking essential!
To book your place call 01992 582 686

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Free. Booking Essential!



Hidden Hertford

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

Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT






01992 582686


01992 552100

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