Hertford Museum

Hertford Museum
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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.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tues-Sat 1000-1700
Closed Sun Mon & public holidays

Admission charges

Admission Free

Extensive collections from Hertford, Hertfordshire and beyond. Local archaeology, social history, photographs, paintings and prints, plus ethnographic collection and Hertfordshire regiment collection.

Collection details

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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Time’s Keepers: Discover Hertford's Clock and Their Makers

  • 16 November 2019 — 22 February 2020 *on now

16th November 2019 – 22nd February 2020
Explore what makes Hertford tick with this new exhibition, as we explore clocks, watches, hourglasses and more. Find out about the gifted craftsmen who worked in the town and discover the beauty and innovation behind their work.
Its Free! Donations welcome!
Open Tues – Sat 10am-5pm

Suitable for

  • Family friendly



Picture this

Picture This! Hertford Museum Image Library Launch

  • 25 January 2020 3-5pm

Saturday 25th January, 3 – 5 pm
After 5 years of fundraising and 2 years of development, the Picture This! project is almost complete and we will be launching our brilliant new image library at the museum. Over 10,000 images have already been loaded and we will be adding more soon. You can browse for free and purchase prints to display at home.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


http://www hertfordmuseum.org

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.
Hidden Hertford

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




Stay & Play at Hertford Museum

  • 1 February 2020 10am-4:30pm
  • 7 March 2020 10am-4:30pm

Saturday 4th January 2020 10am – 4.30pm
Drop in and play with some traditional toys and get hands on with a family craft activity.
Its Free! Donations welcome!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children




Toddler Tuesday at Hertford Museum – Monster Mayhem!

  • 28 January 2020 10:15-11:30am

Tuesday 28th January 2020
10.15 – 11.30 am
Join us for crafts, singing, stories and fun in our friendly museum. £3.50 per child, including drink and snack for children. Booking essential at the museum at www.ticketsource.co.uk

Suitable for

  • 0-4


£3.50 per child. Booking essential




Step in Time! A Hidden Hertford Walk

  • 15 February 2020 2-3:30pm

Saturday 15th February 2pm
Join Assistant Curator Catherine Walker as she reveals the stories behind Hertford's famous clock faces. Then head back to Hertford Museum for tea, cake and a chat.
Maximum 15 places, booking essential!
£5 per person
Tickets available from Hertford Museum 01992 582686 or online at https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/hertford-museum/t-yvqrgx

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


£5 per person, booking essential



Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain
SG14 1DT

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01992 582686


01992 552100

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.