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Herefordshire museums

We operate five main sites around the county, plus our mobile Museum on the Move. Find out more below:

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.

Current exhibition

  • Title: I am not who you think I am by Heather Bowring
  • Dates: 15 March to 24 May 2014

Download our Hereford Museum app for an audio and text guide to the museum and its holdings.

Open: Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 4pm.

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

Admission free

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.

Open: Tuesday to Thursday 11am to 4pm, Saturday 11am to 4pm.

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

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 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 and textile enquiries are welcome. 

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.

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

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Market House Visitor Centre, Ross-on-Wye

Ross Market House Visitors CentreSituated in the heart of Ross-on-Wye in the famous sandstone Market House of 1650, this centre offers a flavour of the heritage of this historic town on panels and in photographs. 

This museum has closed from 1 February 2014 for a period subject to the transfer of the facility to the local community.

Market House Visitor Centre
Market Place
Ross on Wye
HR9 5HD

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Ledbury Heritage Centre

Ledbury Heritage CentreThis small museum of local history provides insights into the past of the market town of Ledbury. It occupies the ground floor of a fifteenth century building in Church Lane, a picturesque cobbled alleyway that links the Market House to the Parish Church.

Old photographs record some of the buildings and events of previous centuries, thanks to the photographic record of John Tilley, a local commercial photographer.

Local notables are represented in the current displays; John Masefield, poet laureate, grew up in the town, a far cry from the sea which inspired some of his most remembered poems. Elizabeth Barrett-Browning spent her early years in a very distinctive house on a local estate before the family moved on to Wimpole Street in London.

A new display features the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark, and was created for us by the Earth Heritage Trust.

One of the most popular displays is the timber framing puzzle which challenges visitors to build a scaled replica of the far end of the building, with little to help them but the carpenter's marks. 

The building itself is of interest with a huge smoking chimney dominating one end and a dried up watercourse snaking along some ten feet below the current floor level. Variously used as a guildhall, school and tenement block, local stories suggest it was also a pin factory and a drill hall, though this is hard to believe when low beams challenge some of our visitors.

In addition to the permanent exhibition there is space for a series of changing community exhibitions. If you or your society have an interest you would like to share you can apply to host an exhibition in this space - phone us on 01432 260675 for more details.

The Heritage Centre is entirely staffed by volunteers and we're always on the lookout for people to join us. Find out more by downloading our volunteer role description.

The upper floor of the Heritage Centre is available for hire for exhibitions and similar events throughout the season.

The centre is open from the beginning of April until the end of October every year, and the opening hours during this period are 10.30am-4.30pm daily.

Ledbury Heritage Centre
Church Lane
Ledbury
HR8 1DN
Telephone: 01531 635680 (only during opening hours)

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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.

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