St Albans Museum + Gallery

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St Albans Museum + Gallery opened to the public on Friday 8 June 2018 and looks to be a leading centre for arts and culture at the heart of one of Britain’s most historic cities.

Set over three floors, the newly created state-of-the-art gallery spaces showcase over 2,000 years of priceless heritage and display contemporary artworks – sharing local, national and world treasures with all.

Promising fresh experiences each time you visit, come and enjoy regularly changing exhibitions and cutting edge art installations, take part in the vibrant programme of events, and explore the fascinating histories of the Town Hall, its Assembly Room, Courtroom and Cells.

The beautiful historic spaces, such as the octagonal courtroom and subterranean cells, have now been fully restored and preserved for future generations.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Monday to Saturday - 10:00-17:00
Sunday - 12:00-17:00

Admission charges

Free

With special Saxon & Medieval galleries. Home to the famous Salaman Collection of trade and craft tools. Extensive collection of local photographs. Oral history collection.

Collection details

Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Law and Order, Natural Sciences, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Maps Exhibition until September 28 2003.
  • Images in Stitch Exhibiton, October 18 2003 to January 11 2004.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Art work

Hand Drawn Action Packed

  • 2 September — 11 November 2018 *on now

The artists come from around the world (Belgium, Canada, China, India, Nigeria, the Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey and the USA), but their works all deploy narrative forms for fantasy, social critique, political allegory and autobiography to engage the viewer and hold their attention.

This never-before-seen exhibition opens at St Albans Museum + Gallery before touring the UK and features artwork from: Marcel Dzama, Marcel van Eeden, Inci Eviner, Yun-Fei Ji, William Kentridge, Nalini Malani, Otobong Nkanga, Raymond Pettibon, Amy Sillman and Rinus Van de Velde.

This exhibition is displayed throughout St Albans Museum + Gallery, with artworks on basement level in the Weston Gallery, on the first floor in the West Keeper's Gallery and in The Old Waiting Room.

In partnership with UH Arts, the University of Hertfordshire’s arts and cultural programme.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

https://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/hand-drawn-action-packed

lasting peace

Lasting Peace?

  • 10 September — 25 November 2018 *on now

Even before Armistice Day in 1918 St Albans had started creating monuments to the soldiers who wouldn’t come back. This exhibition explores how the way we remember the First World War has changed from those early memorials to our centenary commemorations today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Legacy

St Albans Legacy

  • 27 October — 25 November 2018

Following a multi-media art competition for secondary school students, St Albans Legacy will showcase the artworks and creative responses of local pupils to the First World War. Also on display will a world map illustrating where soldiers from St Albans were posted in 1918.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

  • 24 November 2018 — 3 March 2019

Originally displayed at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, this exhibition celebrates the joy, excitement and occasional frustration of playing board games. Come and see some of the most iconic, enthralling and visually striking games from the V&A’s outstanding national collection of board games. Alongside current family favourites such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit, and traditional games like chess, the exhibition will look at historical board games including The Game of the Goose and other beautifully designed games from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Admission

£5

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.
Minis

Museum Minis

  • 25 September — 30 October 2018 *on now

Looking for a way to keep little ones occupied? Join us in the morning or afternoon for a story, craft activity and a museum hunt. Suitable for children aged 2 - 4 years, accompanied by an adult. Book ahead online or pay in person at the museum.


Tuesday 25 September
Tuesday 30 October

10.30 am - 11.30 am
1 pm - 2 pm

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

£3

Finds day

Finds Day

  • 3 October — 5 December 2018

Every year thousands of archaeological objects are discovered by members of the public and reported through the Portable Antiquities Scheme.

Pop by the Museum and explore a collection of found objects.

You can even bring along your own found objects and our Finds Liaison Officer will help you identify and report your items.

11am - 1pm

The first Wednesday of the month:
3 October, 7 November, 5 December

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
MMM

Mayors, Magistrates & Museum: A Town Hall Revealed

  • 10 October — 21 November 2018

Follow a knowledgeable guide through the newly restored building and discover the fascinating functions and features of the different historic spaces inside St Albans Museum + Gallery.

From the glittering galas and balls in the Assembly Room to the Cells below where prisoners were held, come and discover the hidden stories of this local landmark.

These tours involve walking around the building and will finish in the Cells.

The tours will take place on Wednesday 10 October, Wednesday 24 October, Wednesday 7 November and Wednesday 21 November and will last around an hour, from 2.30pm - 3.30pm.

Tickets are free and can be reserved in advance, but are limited to 15 tickets for each tour due to the nature of the building.

Website

https://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/mayors-magistrates-museum-town-hall-revealed

County at War

A County at War, Life on the Home Front in Hertfordshire

  • 27 October — 15 November 2018

A fascinating insight into life on the home front during the First World War.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Museum Late: Hand Drawn Action Packed

  • 1 November 2018 7-9:30pm

Explore the museum afterhours and enjoy a jam-packed evening of activities, talks and performances all exploring the themes of our major exhibition, Hand Drawn Action Packed.

Admission

£8

Museums at Night

Museums at Night: A Practical Guide to Attacking Castles

  • 10 February 2020

From the age of sieges and chivalry comes a show about medieval love, adrenaline junkies and an insane quest for glory. Join comedian and archaeologist Paul Duncan McGarrity as he explains how modern life could be so much better if we all take a moment and learn how to attack a castle.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£10

Website

https://www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/whats-on/museums-night-practical-guide-attacking-castles

St Albans Museum + Gallery
Market Place, St Peter's St.
St Albans
Hertfordshire
AL3 5DJ
England

Website

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

E-mail

museum@stalbans.gov.uk

catherine.newley@stalbans.gov.uk

Telephone

01727 751810

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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