Hertford Museum

Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT






01992 582686


01992 552100

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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.
Rise of the Machines

The Rise of the Machines

  • 25 October 2014 — 17 January 2015 *on now

25th October 2014 – 17th January 2015
Discover our amazing collection of machines, scientific instruments and mechanical objects from the last 300 years – from a 1747 Nairne’s machine to a 1980s Dragon computer.
Free Entry, Open Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm

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.
Stay and Play

Stay and Play Saturdays at Hertford Museum

  • 6 December 2014 10am-4:30pm

Saturdays: 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 6th December 2014
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

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10



Knit and Natter

Knit & Natter at Hertford Museum

  • 11 December 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Second Thursday of the month, 10.30 am - 12.30 pm
11th September, 9th October, 13th November, 11th December
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




A Christmas Spectacular at Hertford Museum

  • 28 November 2014 4-8pm

Friday 28th November 2014, 4.00 – 8.00 pm
To celebrate the Christmas lights switch on in Hertford, drop in for some festive fun! Visit Santa’s Grotto, listen to carol singing, take part in simple sparkly crafts and listen to a Christmas story.
Free, just drop in. Donations welcome.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Hidden Hertford

Hidden Hertford Walks - Hidden Hertford

  • 30 November 2014 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.
Walk Leader: Gill Cordingley



Toddler Tuesday

Toddler Tuesday

  • 9 December 2014 10:30am-12pm

Free drop in session for under 5's. Craft and playing with toys for the children and a discussion for the adults about future sessions at the museum for this age group. ALL children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.
10.30 - 11.30 am. For children aged 2-4

Suitable for

  • 0-4
Hertford Museum

Christmas Model Railway Day

  • 13 December 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Saturday 13th December, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm
Yet again Santa’s little trains will be heading through the snow at Hertford Museum, drop in to see an assortment of festive layouts.
Free, just drop in. Donations welcome

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

A Handmade Christmas

  • 23 December 2014 10:30am-3:30pm

Tuesday 23rd December, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm
Sparkly and magical craft activities! £1.50 per child, drop in

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10


£1.50 per child