Hereford Museum and Art Gallery

Victorian Vernacular Gothic building with carvings representing the arts and sciences, as well as puns on the names of the founders of the Museum and Library.
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Hereford Museum and Art Gallery, housed in a spectacular Victorian gothic building, has been exhibiting artefacts and works of fine and decorative art connected with the local area since 1874. Although the exterior of the building has changed very little the museum and gallery have kept up with the times.

The exhibitions begin in the foyer of the building with a regularly changing small display in the foyer case. Don't miss the Kenchester mosaic on your way upstairs and the changing art exhibitions on the stairwell walls. The museum is full of interesting local history with hands-on elements for all the family.

The art gallery is home to changing exhibitions and hosts seven or eight exhibitions a year.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

10.00 - 16.00 Tues-Fri
10.00 - 12.30 Sat

Admission charges

Admission Free

Additional info

Currently undertaking the provision of tactile images and audio.

The collections are relevant to life in Herefordshire and include nationally important costume and textiles as well as an important collection of fine and decorative art. Although display space is limited there is access to the collections through the Museum Store and Resource Centre at Friar Street.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Music, Natural Sciences, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • The museum holds the Brian Hatton collection in trust and rotates the display of his fine paintings, sketches and watercolours. There are usually 12 or so examples on show at any one time.
  • The costumes and textiles rival and complement the collections from Snows Hill, now housed at Berrington Hall (National Trust) and the collection of smocks is internationally important.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Instant Fish

  • 20 January — 3 March 2018 *on now

Art College student work, Exhibition inspired by artefacts in the museum collections at the Museum Resource and Learning Centre

Suitable for

  • Any age
selection of agricultural objects from the museum collection, including hand shears

About turn.

  • 6 February 2018 — 1 February 2019 *on now

The Museum's permanent exhibition space has been redisplayed.

Suitable for

  • Any age
collage of images of objects relating to ww1; a painting of fallen soldiers, a horse brass celebrating peace in 1919 and a commemorative tea caddy with the flags of ww1

‘BBC Civilisations’

  • 3 — 11 March 2018

As part of the BBC project, the Museum will be undertaking three activities - interpretations of Brian Hatton’s ‘Civilisation’ paintings, community involvement installing Herefordshire in the Great War exhibition, and ‘Flowers of the field’ event (10th March)

Suitable for

  • Any age
BBC Civilisations event

Herefordshire in the Great War

  • 14 March — 29 April 2018

The exhibition, which is part of Weeping Windows and the commemoration of the end of World War 1, focuses on Herefordshire’s part in the First World War, particularly the Rotherwas Munitions factory, the importance of agriculture and the effect of war at home. Individual stories will highlight the true impact of war on families, the county and the nation. Objects, photographs and stories are from Herefordshire Museum, Libraries, Archives, ROI project and local people. This exhibition was first put up in 2014 to mark the centenary of the start of the War.
This exhibition will feature Brian Hatton's emotive expression of war - 'Civilization' as well as his sketch for it.

Suitable for

  • Any age
waistcoat embroidered with flowers

Title TBA

  • 4 August — 22 September 2018

Inspired by the Museum’s fine collection of men’s waistcoats from 18th and 19th centuries, these artworks have been created by the Rose Tinted Rags cooperative.
Aug 4th– Sep 22nd
Tues-Fri 10-4.00
Sat 10.30-12.30

Suitable for

  • Any age
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.
Collage of trench warfare, large house, daffodils and Edwardian gentleman

Back to The Garden.

  • 3 March 2018 From 7:30pm

Performance by The Village Quire with Phil Smith. Inspired by wartime letters between William Bevan, Head Gardener at Kinsham Court, and his employer, Sir John Stanhope Arkwright. A Museum fundraising event with the HMSSG, to kick off the WW1 commemoration events around the Cathedral’s Weeping Window installation



All Saints Church
Bewell Street


Tickets - £8.00 (under 14s Free)

embroidered flowers

Flowers of the Field

  • 10 March 2018

Part of BBC Civilisations, linked to the World War 1 commemoration. This drop-in craft event will be run by Rose Tinted Rags. Using recycled textiles to create flowers and poppies for ornament or wearing, it is the precursor to the Herefordshire in the Great War exhibition. It is for all ages and abilities

Suitable for

  • Any age

‘Humphrey Repton in Herefordshire and Worcestershire’

  • 6 October — 1 December 2018

‘Humphrey Repton in Herefordshire and Worcestershire’ Exhibition to mark the bicentenary of the death of garden designer Humphrey Repton. David Whitehead and Jane Bradney, guest curators, will be including the Museum’s collections along with some fascinating loans

Suitable for

  • Any age

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
Broad Street




01432 383383

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