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
Bringing Home the Bacon
- 14 July — 20 October 2018 *on now
14th July – 20th October 2018
Tuesday – Saturday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Discover how we have sourced and consumed food in Hertford in this fascinating exhibition illustrated by a wealth of objects from the museum’s collection.
- Family friendly
Let There Be Light
- 13 November 2018 10am-5pm
13th November 2018 – 9th March 2019
Discover how we seek out and utilize sources of light and why we are afraid of the dark! This exhibition is illustrated by a wealth of collections from around the world – from Ancient Greek oil lamps to 1950s illuminated advertisements!
Open Tues – Sat 10am-5pm
Its Free! Donations welcome!
Hidden Hertford Walks
- 23 October 2016 — 23 October 2106 *on now
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
Chair-based Exercise at Hertford Museum
- 19 October 2018 10:30-11:30am
- 16 November 2018 10:30-11:30am
3rd Friday of the Month: 21st September, 19th October and 16th November
10.30 am - 11.30 am
£1 Drop In, spaces are limited
Join Viv Thornton as she leads these great, low impact sessions. It’s a fun, new way to keep fit! Refreshments are provided.
- Not suitable for children
£1 per person
Hertford Museum Presents: Vintage Tea
- 24 October 2018 2-4pm
Come and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with a slice of delicious homemade cake, in the tranquillity of our beautiful garden (weather permitting).
£4 per person
In aid of Hertford Museum Charity
£4 per person
Spooky Halloween Fun at October Half Term
- 30 October — 1 November 2018
Drop in this October half term and enjoy our Spooktacular crafts inspired by pumpkins, ghosts and spiders!
Free spaces available for families on lower incomes
£2 per child
Museums at Night: Get Heavy at Hertford Museum
- 2 November 2018 7:30-9:30pm
Friday 2nd November 7.30-9.30pm
Enjoy the best of Hertford’s local metal and post industrial goth sounds at Hertford Museum!
Licensed bar, Free Admission
- Family friendly
Curiosities of Hertford
- 4 November 2018 11am-12:30pm
Join local historian Jean Riddell on a guided walk of central Hertford and discover everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about our unique and beautiful town.
All walks meet outside Hertford Museum unless otherwise stated.
Maximum 15 places, booking essential!
- Family friendly
£2 per person
Tickets available from Hertford Museum 01992 582686 or online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/date/552892
Hertford Choral Society: 80 years of Music!
- 14 November 2018 6:30-8:30pm
Wednesday 14th November 6.30-8.30pm
Join Hertford Choral Society at Hertford Museum to raise a glass to 80 years of singing and celebrate the launch of their new book. With members performing hints of their repertoire throughout the evening, this fun event is sure to hit the right note!
It’s free, drop in!
- 23 November 2018 4-8pm
Friday 23rd November 4pm-8pm
Celebrate the Christmas lights switch on, drop in and get into the festive spirit with a craft activity, storytelling, beautiful carol singing from St Andrew’s Church Choir, not to mention a visit to Father Christmas in his magical grotto!
- Any age
Drop in- it’s free! (small charge to visit Father Christmas, includes a quality gift) Donations welcome!
18 Bull Plain