Hereford Museum and Art Gallery

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.

Herefordshire Life Through a Lens

An exhibition of photographic gems from the Derek Evans archive collection. Derek Evans was a Hereford photographer with an instinct for journalism - finding a story, covering it with stills or film, and selling it. He created an amazing archive of local imagery at his studio on the third floor of No.43 Broad Street, Hereford. Focusing on priceless scenes from Herefordshire Life from 1940s to 1970s, the exhibition gave people a chance to get up close to Derek's actual exhibition prints, many of which haven't been seen for over 50 years.

The exhibition was due to run from Saturday 8 February to Saturday 21 March 2020 but closed early due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, you can still enjoy a virtual tour of the exhibition and the accompanying exhibitions.You can see more of Derek Evans' photographs on the Herefordshire History website.

Hereford Museum collections

The exhibitions begin in the foyer of the building with a regularly changing small display in the foyer case.

Don't miss the beautiful Kenchester mosaic on your way upstairs. The museum is full of interesting local history with hands-on elements for all the family.

Around the walls of the museum is a timeline created by wood engraver Harry Brockway. This sets out the major periods of history and depicts local events, places or museum objects. The exhibits themselves are then ordered according to both the historical era to which they belong and to one of four main themes - Herefordshire as a cultural county, a productive county, a natural county and a border county. Exhibits include 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.

Inside Out

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

The art gallery hosts a regularly changing variety of high quality temporary exhibitions. See the events section for details.

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.

Free admission


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

Facilities available

  • 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