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.

May Fair 900

18 May – 23 June 2021

Hereford May Fair 900 logoExhibition 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.

Exhibition opening and access are subject to current Covid-19 restrictions. Please check back for updates on opening days and times.

Visit the May Fair 900 page for more information and details of the celebrations happening from April through to August.

Grayson Perry: The Vanity of Small Differences

9 October to 18 December 2021

Grayson Perry's The Vanity of Small Differences tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste. Inspired by William Hogarth's A Rake's Progress the six tapestries, measuring 2m x 4m each, chart the 'class journey' made by young Tim Rakewell and include many of the characters, incidents and objects Grayson Perry encountered on journeys through Sunderland, Tunbridge Wells and The Cotswolds for the television series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry'.

Grayson Perry tapestry The Agony in the Car Park

Image credits and exhibition sponsors: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London and British Council. Gift of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery with the support of Channel 4 Television, the Art Fund and Sfumato Foundation with additional support from Alix Partners.

Visit The Vanity of Small Differences exhibition page for the latest details and the opportunity to get involved and create your own artwork inspired by the exhibition.

Herefordshire Life Through a Lens

This exhibition of photographic gems from the Derek Evans archive collection was due to run from Saturday 8 February to Saturday 21 March 2020 but closed early due to the coronavirus outbreak.

However you can you can still enjoy a virtual tour of this and other recent exhibitions and see Derek Evans' photos on our exhibitions,events and virtual tours page.

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