Hackney Museum brings the world to your doorstep! We are a family friendly community museum exploring the long history of migration and settlement in Hackney, through objects, interactive displays and oral histories. There is always something new to see at Hackney Museum in our two temporary exhibition spaces, with displays changing every four months. We also offer a year-round programme of adult events, family workshops and formal and informal learning.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 9.30am - 8.00pm
Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm
Closed: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays
Hackney Museum's collections are broad. They include objects that relate to the local area's history, such as a Saxon log boat which is 1000 years old. We also collect objects that relate to communities' lives in Hackney, such as a set of Vietnamese painted fingernails. Finally we collect objects that relate to communities' lives in their countries of origin, such as a Nigerian catapult.
World Cultures, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Fine Art, Film and Media, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Archaeology
Key artists and exhibits
- Anglo Saxon logboat, Jewish Cloth badge and anti-semitic newspaper from Nazi Germany, Dennis Morris Photographs, Tom Hunter photographs, Huguenot silverwear, Eel Pie and Mash Shop, Rachel Whiteread photographs, Victorian fire engine, Vietnamese painted finger nails,
Roots, Rhythms & Records: The sounds and stories of African and Caribbean
- 4 October 2018 — 16 March 2019 *on now
From making beats in bedrooms to performing on stage, enjoying sounds in shebeens to looking sharp for the club, this exhibition explores the history of African and Caribbean music in Hackney.
Through stories of musical innovation, distribution and enjoyment, this exhibition celebrates the impact of African and Caribbean music in Hackney and beyond.
- Any age
1 Reading Lane
Step free access
A Resource Pack for Teachers
The pack is aimed at Key Stage 1, 2 and Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers. It is designed to support a visit to Hackney Museum and contains background information on all the displays. The pack contains an information booklet to guide you through the displays and activities available at the museum, and worksheets, discussion, role-play and photo cards – packed full of good ideas on how to prepare and follow up on your visit.
For a copy of the teachers pack or for information on the free educational workshops designed to compliment the National Curriculum contact the Education Officer on 02083562529.
- Hackney Museum
How to obtain
Call Hackney Museum's Education Officer on 020 8356 2529 or pick one up from the museum front desk.
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane