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.
Bullplain to the Battlefields

From Bull Plain to the Battlefields

  • 26 September 2015 — 30 January 2016 *on now

26th September 2015 – 30th January 2016
Tuesday to Sat 10am – 5pm
Free Admission
From the experiences of the Hertfordshire Regiment to the Home Front in East Herts, this exhibition tells the story of our district during the First World War. Discover amazing stories of courage, fortitude and kindness through our incredible collection of objects, images and war diaries and engaging interactives.

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.
Knit & Natter

Knit & Natter at Hertford Museum

  • 10 December 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

Second Thursday of the month, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
10th September, 8th October, 12th November, 10th December 2015
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.
£1 per person

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£1 per person


Hidden Hertford Walks

  • 6 December 2015 11am-12:30pm

Why not take a leisurely stroll to work up an appetite on a Sunday morning? All walks begin at 11am. Booking is essential, please contact the museum on 01992 582686 or hertfordmuseum@btconnect.com to secure your place(s) and find out the meeting point for the walk.

These series of walks are entitled: ‘Buildings of Hertford’ and are led by Jean Riddell.
4th October - Fore Street
1st November - St Andrews and Old Cross
6th December - Bull Plain and Railway Street

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
Stay & Play

Stay and Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum

  • 5 December 2015 10am-4:30pm

Saturdays: 5th September, 3rd October, 7th November, 5th December 2015
10.00 am – 4.30 pm
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, just drop in, donations welcome

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10




A World in Miniature

  • 12 December 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturday 12th December, 10:30 - 3:30 pm
Drop in and explore a world of miniatures. See model trains, dolls and more!
It’s free! Donations welcome

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6




Traditional Christmas Crafts

  • 22 — 23 December 2015 10:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday 22nd – Wednesday 23rd December. 10:30 – 3:30 pm
Join us for some creative Christmas themed crafts.
Drop in, £1.50 per child.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


£1.50 per child

Hertford Museum

Family Military History Day at Hertford Museum

  • 23 January 2016 1-4pm

Saturday 23rd January 1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Bring in your family military memorabilia and photos for identification by experts and advice on researching the military history of your family members.
Drop in! It’s free!



Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT






01992 582686


01992 552100

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