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In the interest of public and staff safety, Hereford Library, Museum and Art Gallery is closed temporarily due to the discovery of trace levels of asbestos found in the building as a result of planned building work due to take place at the site. The exhibition programme is postponed until further notice. For further information see the Herefordshire museums page

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Update on the temporary closure of Hereford Library and Museum

Hereford Library and Museum is closed temporarily due to the discovery of trace levels of asbestos found in the building as a result of planned building works. The building is closed while remedial works and improvements to the site are conducted.

The exhibition programme is postponed until further notice.

The Old House museum is operating extending opening hours and the Museum Resource and Learning Centre is also open for public visitors on Wednesdays from 10am to 3pm.

We appreciate your patience during this time and we will seek to provide other services as they become available.

About 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.

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 regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary 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 First World War are displayed on a regular basis. 

Opening times

Wednesday to Saturday, 11am-4pm


Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
Broad Street
Telephone: 01432 260692

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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 and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired.

Opening times

The Old House is operating extending opening hours during the temporary closure of Hereford Museum and Art Gallery. These are:

  • Monday 11 am to 4pm
  • Tuesday 11am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 4pm
  • Thursday 11am to 4pm
  • Friday 11am to 4pm
  • Saturday 11am to 4pm
  • Sunday 11am to 4pm (from 21 March to 25 September)

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


The Old House
High Town
Telephone: (01432) 260694

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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

  • Wednesday 10am to 3pm

Appointments to visit the collections for longer periods of research or for group visits to see behind the scenes can also 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
Telephone: 01432 383383

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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.


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.

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