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
Paint the Town!
- 3 September — 1 October 2016 *on now
Saturday 3rd September – Saturday 1st October 2016
Discover our fabulous collection of paintings of Hertford and the diverse ways in which local artists have depicted our beautiful town over the last 200 years!
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 5pm It’s Free!
- Family friendly
- 15 October 2016 — 7 January 2017
15th October 2016 – 7th January 2017
Discover the diverse ways in which Hertford has celebrated faith and come together in worship. From parish churches to pub meetings, Hertford has embraced a wide range of faith groups and institutions, whilst others have faced opposition and persecution. Illustrated by a treasure trove of unique and eclectic collections
Open Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm It’s Free!
Stay & Play at Hertford Museum
- 1 October 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
- 5 November 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
- 3 December 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
First Saturday of the month: 3rd September, 1st October, 5th November, 3rd December. 10.30 am – 4.30 pm (last entry 4pm)
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?
Knit & Natter
- 13 October 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
- 10 November 2016 10:30am-4:30pm
- 8 December 2016 1:30-4:30pm
Second Thursday of the month 10.30am - 12.30pm
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. £1 per person
- Not suitable for children
£1 per person
Hidden Hertford Walks
- 16 October 2016 11am-1pm
- 23 October 2016 — 23 October 2106
- 6 November 2016 11am-1pm
- 27 November 2016 11am-1pm
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
Museum Stores Open Day at The Seed Warehouse, Maidenhead Yard, The Wash, Hertford
- 22 October 2016 11am-3pm
Saturday 22nd October 11am – 3pm
Go behind the scenes at Hertford Museum’s offsite stores. Discover how we care for in excess of 100,000 objects, visit the Roman corn dryer and see our conservation volunteers in action. Tea and cake and family crafts in the Millbridge rooms! Drop in! It’s Free!
- Family friendly
Ingenious Inventions at Hertford Museum!
- 25 — 27 October 2016
Tuesday 25th October – Thursday 27th October, 10.30 am – 3.30 pm (last entry 3.00pm), £1.50 per child.
Come and take part in activities inspired by exciting scientific and technological objects in our collection! Draw and design your invention and produce a model to take home. The best inventions will be featured in an online exhibition.
Contact us on 01992 582686 or visit our website www.hertfordmuseum.org for more information.
£1.50 per child
Hertford Museum Presents ‘The Lady Vanishes’: An exclusive cinematic experience
- 29 October 2016 7:30-10pm
Saturday 29th October, 7.30 pm for an 8pm screening.
Don’t miss Alfred Hitchcock’s nail biting thriller at Hertford Museum! Enjoy an evening visit to our Museum then sit back with a drink and some popcorn and enjoy a classic movie!
Tickets are extremely limited to this exclusive event so we strongly advise booking in advance.
Tickets £5 per person includes one bag of popcorn
Pay bar available
- Not suitable for children
£5 per person
- 25 November 2016 4-8pm
Friday 25th November, 4pm – 8pm
To celebrate the Christmas lights switch on in Hertford, drop in for some festive fun! Visit Santa’s Grotto (small charge per child), listen to carol singing, take part in simple sparkly crafts and listen to a Christmas story.
Free, just drop in. Donations welcome.
- Family friendly
A Victorian Spectacle at Hertford Museum!
- 22 December 2016 2:30-4pm
Thursday 22nd December, 2.30 – 4.00 pm, £4.50 per child, ages 6-10.
Booking essential, maximum 20 spaces. Limited free spaces available for families on lower income, please visit our website for more information.
Join us as we step back in time and explore Victorian Hertford at Christmas. Make traditional presents, play parlour games and more!
£4.50 per child
18 Bull Plain