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We operate three main sites in Hereford, plus our mobile Museum on the Move. Find out more below:

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Hereford Museum and Art Gallery

Hereford MuseumHereford 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.

The exhibitions begin in the foyer of the building with a regularly changing small display in the foyer case. Don't miss the Kenchester mosaic on your way upstairs and the changing art exhibitions on the stairwell walls. 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 artist 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.

The Art Gallery hosts regularaly changing exhibitions of contempory and historic art and themed object displays from the museum collections. In the Brian Hatton gallery art works by local artist Brian Hatton, killed in the 1st world war are displayed on a regular basis. 

Current exhibition

The Magna Carta Song Story.

A digital art, music and poetry collaboration by Jason Hodges, Catherine Gilling & Randy Alexander. This exhibition celebrates the 800th anniversary of the signing of Magna Carta. 

9 May - 4 July 2015

Hereford Museum and Gallery

Forthcoming exhibitions

Spun Gold: the rich history of wool.

An exhibition from Herefordshire Museum’s collections illustrating the history of wool, its uses as a sustainable resource and the importance of the Ryeland Sheep. 

Herefordshire Museum is running wool workshops throughout the Spun Gold exhibition. For further information please contact Julia Radburn at jradburn2@herefordshire.gov.uk

18 July - 31 October 2015

Hereford Museum and Gallery

A View from the Wood.

Prints and sculpture by Sarah Van Niekerk and Harry Brockway. Sarah van Niekerk’s prints are inspired by the world around her whilst Harry Brockway’s inspiration comes from the world of literature. 

14 November 2015 - 30 January 2016

Hereford Museum and Gallery

Temporary display

The Horse of Dr. Francis.

Dr Francis' stuffed pony was a fasciantion to all who visited the doctor's surgery on St Ethelbert's Street, Hereford, where is stood in the hallway for very many years. This well-loved rather eccentric doctor was also renowned for his use of horse and carriage to visit patients right into the 1960's.

January – June 2015

Opening times

Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm

Contact

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
Broad Street
Hereford
HR4 9AU
Telephone: 01432 260692
Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk

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The Old House

Old HouseThe Old House is a remarkably well preserved example of a 17th Century timber-framed building and is situated in the heart of Hereford, surrounded by the commercial centre of the city. It is a startling sight, standing as the sole reminder of times-gone-by in the middle of a modern shopping precinct.

Built in 1621, the house has been used for many purposes over the years, starting life as a butcher's home and shop and finishing its commercial life in the hands of Lloyds Bank in the late 1920s. Since 1929 it has been a fascinating museum giving an insight into daily life in Jacobean times. It is furnished in period style with an internationally important collection of English Oak furniture and there are interesting pieces in every room. Of particular interest to many visitors are the rare wall-paintings, the four-poster bed and the baby-walkers.

There are hands-on activities for children including replica clothing and puzzles.

For those unable to climb the stairs, a virtual tour is situated on the fully-accessible ground floor. There are also Braille, audio guides, and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired. Additionally, staff are trained in guiding for the blind and in the art of audio-description.

Opening times

  • Tuesday to Thursday, 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday, 11am to 4pm

Closed: Mondays, Fridays, Sundays, Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day.

Contact

The Old House
High Town
Hereford
HR1 2AA
Telephone: (01432) 260694
Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk

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Museum Resource and Learning Centre

Museum Resource and Learning CentreThis is the central storage facility for the county's museum collections.

In addition to climate controlled stores which keep the artefacts, costumes and paintings preserved for all to enjoy, this centre is also open to the public for curatorial advice, identifications and drop in visits on the first Wednesday of each month from 10am to 1pm. Art, archaeology, history, costume, textile and natural science enquiries are welcome. 

Opening times

Appointments to visit the collections for longer periods of research or for group visits to see behind the scenes can be made by appointment, we are normally available on Monday to Friday between 10am and 4pm, excluding bank holidays.

Contact

Museum Resource and Learning Centre
58 Friars Street
Hereford
HR4 0AS
Telephone: 01432 383383
Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk

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Museum on the Move

Museum on the MoveMuseum on the Move is an award winning mobile museum, funded by Arts Council England via Birmingham Museums Trust and run by us in partnership with Staffordshire Council's Museum Service. Museum on the Move exists to provide access to our museum collections for different communities in the county.

The fully accessible bus also comes with friendly, knowledgeable staff to help visitors get the most from their visit.

You can find out more, including how to book the Museum for a visit to your school or community, at the Museum on the Move website or visit the Museum on the Move service for schools page.

Contact

If you are interested in booking the Museum on the Move please contact Wendy Meaford at:

Current exhibition

Now wash your hands - Are we cleaner than our ancestors?

Come on board to explore the history and the science behind keeping clean. There is something for everyone and plenty of hands on activities.

Our current tour - 5 January – 22 February 2015

Next tour April to May 2015

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