Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
Hereford Museum collections
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a spectacular Victorian gothic building. The museum 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. Today the museum is full of interesting local history with interactive elements for all the family.
Exhibits highlight Herefordshire's local culture, its heritage in farming and production, the natural environment and its special place as a border county. Come and find out how life has changed here over the centuries.
There's lots to explore including a hive of live bees, a two-headed calf, a two metre long fish, swords of every shape and size, elements of costume and textiles and much more besides.
Children dressed as bees standing by the live beehive in Hereford Museum
The exhibitions begin in the foyer of the building with a regularly changing small display in the foyer case. The beautiful Roman mosaic excavated at Kenchester adorns the stairs and around the walls of the museum is a timeline created by wood engraver Harry Brockway which sets out the major periods of history and depicts local events, places or museum objects.
The museum and gallery are open from 18 May 2021:
- Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm
- Saturday 10am - 12.30pm
Take a look at our exciting new project bringing pieces from our extensive collections right into your community. Find out more about Inside Out and watch the video.
Art gallery exhibition
The art gallery hosts a regularly changing variety of high quality temporary exhibitions.
May Fair 900
18 May – 23 June 2021
- Tuesday - Friday 10am to 4pm; Saturday 10am to 12.30pm
Exhibition celebrating 900 years of Hereford May Fair, the oldest surviving chartered fair in Britain. Historical fairground memorabilia and photographs, archive footage and stories of all the fun of the fair. Visit May Fair 900 for more about the celebrations and events taking place throughout Hereford until August this year.
Experience some of our past and current exhibitions with a virtual tour.
Exhibitions in the Brian Hatton gallery
The Brian Hatton gallery usually displays art works by local artist Brian Hatton, who was killed in the First World War.
Where to find us
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a historic building. If you have any concerns about physical access please contact the Museum and Art Gallery before visiting.
- The Museum is on the first floor
- Lift at the rear of the Library on the ground floor
- Access to the Woolhope Room is via stairs only
- Accessible toilet on ground floor
- Baby changing facilities on ground floor
- Parking - limited parking on Broad Street, with nine parking bays for a maximum 30 minutes stay. There are three disabled parking bays outside the Museum and Art Gallery and eight within 100 metres for a maximum three hours stay. See further information about Hereford car parks