Exploring Hertfordshire’s museums as a family is a great way of understanding the world in a new way. Modern museums are filled with hands-on exhibits that are great for children, and many run regular family-friendly events and activities.

Here’s our guide to the best museums in Hertfordshire and their facilities.

Hertfordshire Museums

Bishops Stortford Museum
South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3JG
Housed in the Victorian building that was the birthplace of Cecil Rhodes (1853 – 1902), Bishop’s Stortford Museum attracts visitors interested in the history of Rhodes and Bishop’s Stortford in general. Children are allowed to play with the African instruments, use the dressing up box, light up the rooms of the Victorian dolls house, do some brass rubbing and explore local history with the interactive touch screens. The Stortford Museum also has free trails to help children discover the museum and free guided tours for the whole family on the first Saturday of the month!
Opening times: Monday – Friday 10.00am – 5.00pm; Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: FREE admission

British Schools Museum in Hitchin
41-42 Queen St, Hitchin SG4 9TS
A unique Monitorial Schoolroom, with three other historic classrooms, the Headmaster’s House and displays and exhibitions based upon the collection of 47,000 objects. On the first Sunday of each month you can enjoy a Victorian lesson (booking recommended). The museum holds a variety of children’s activities throughout the school holidays such as arts and crafts, dressing up, treasure hunts, games and a chance to explore the historic classrooms. Pay and display parking nearby.
Opening dates: February – October (check website for exact opening dates)
Opening times: Fridays 10.00am – 4.00pm, Saturdays 10.00am – 1.00pm; Open during July, August and September at 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturdays – Sundays 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Cost: Entry to the whole museum with a free guided tour included (optional) – Adult £5.50 (including gift aid), child (5 -17) £3.00, under 5’s FREE

Bushey Museum
Rudolph Rd, Bushey WD23 3HW
Bushey Museum covers local history through the collections of artefacts, documents, maps and works of art, with important collections of work by Hubert von Herkomer and Lucy Kemp-Welch.
Opening times: Thursday – Sunday 11.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: FREE admission

de Havilland Aircraft Museum in London Colney
Salisbury Hall, Shenley, London Colney AL2 1BU
The oldest aviation museum in the UK, where volunteers restore de Havilland aircraft and artefacts. Gift shop and refreshments available.
Opening dates: First Sunday of March to last Sunday of October (check website for updates)
Opening times: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays 10.30am – 5.00pm (last entry to Museum at 4.00pm)
Cost: Gift Aid Prices – adult £12, concessions £10, child (5-16) £7, family £30; Non Gift Aid Prices – adult £10.90, concessions £9, child £6.50, family £27.20

Green Mill Museum in Hatfield
Mill Green Ln, Hatfield AL9 5PD
An eighteenth century working watermill and museum is set beside the river at Mill Green. Features local history and art. On milling days (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sunday afternoons), see the magnificent watermill in action and find out from our miller about this ancient craft. The museum runs exhibitions, events and activities, and drop-in workshops for children aged 4+ during the summer holidays.
Opening times: Tuesday – Thursday 10.00am – 5.00pm, Sundays and Bank Holidays 2.00pm – 5.00pm; Closed Friday/Saturday/Monday
Cost: Children FREE, adults £3.50, entry to grounds FREE. Free entry for one adult accompanying a child attending a paid activity (£3.00 or more).
Note: If you are making a special trip to see the mill working, you’re advised to contact the museum on 01707 357850 on the day of your visit to verify the milling times.

Hertford Museum
18 Bull Plain, Hertford, Hertfordshire SG14 1DT
Hertford Museum houses over of 80,000 objects representing the history of Hertford and the surrounding area. The collections range from archaeology and natural history, to childhood toys and the largest collection of toothbrushes in the UK! Free play sessions for families the first Saturday of each month. They also have a play shop, gallery discovery toys, family toilet, baby changing, fully buggy accessible.
Opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: FREE admission

Lowewood Museum in Broxbourne
High Street, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire EN11 8BH
Located in a grand Georgian building, Lowewood Museum displays historical items from local area ranging prehistoric times to the present day. It hosts exhibitions, talks, activities, and gallery trails. Toilets are located on the ground floor and baby changing facilities are available.
Opening times: Wednesday – Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm; Saturdays 10.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: FREE admission

Natural History Museum in Tring
The Walter Rothschild Building, Akeman St, Tring HP23 6AP
Join in with exhibitions, workshops and lots of natural history activities for the kids. A celebration of all things natural, the museum houses a huge collection of stuffed/mounted animals, bequeathed by Walter Rothschild in 1937. From birds and reptiles to polar bears and even the first T. rex fossil ever discovered, you’ll find a little bit of everything here to amuse all ages.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10.00am- –.00pm, Sunday 2.00pm – 5.00pm; Closed 24 – 26 December
Cost: Admission is FREE, but there may be a small charge for some activities.

Tring Local History Museum
The Market Place, Brook Street, Tring, Hertfordshire HP23 5ED
Small enough to cover in half an hour, this museum would be a quicker alternative to the bigger Natural History Museum in Tring. The exhibits cover several time periods, including prehistoric and the World Wars. There are also plenty of activities for children, such as puzzles, a ‘dig’, straw plaiting, and dressing up. The little gift shop sells inexpensive pocket money toys. Car parking next to the museum is free for 1 hour.
Opening times: March to October – Friday & Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
Winter opening: November to February – Friday & Saturday 10.00am – 3.30pm
Cost: FREE admission

Royston Museum
5 Lower King Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 5AL
Explore the history of Royston through a variety of objects, arts and craft items, and photographs. See local artefacts originating from the Ice Age through to the 1950s. Royston Museum also hold regular activities for kids, including a free Toddler Music and Dance class twice a month on selected Mondays and Fridays. Check the website’s what’s on calendar for more information. Gift shop on site and toilets a short walk away in the Town Centre.
Opening times: Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 10.00am – 5.00pm
Cost: FREE admission

Stevenage Museum
St George’s Way, Stevenage, Herts SG1 1XX
Stevenage Museum reveals the story of the Stevenage from the Stone Age to the present day. Located beneath St. Andrew and St. George’s church on St George’s Way, the museum has items ranging from unearthed coins to domestic objects. Facilities include a disabled toilet with baby changing, a small coffee area and gift shop. General admission is free, however a small charge may be made for some events for children, families and adults.
Opening times: Wednesday – Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm; Saturdays 10.00am – 5.00pm; Closed on Bank Holidays
Cost: Admission is FREE, but there may be a small charge for some events.

Verulamium Museum in St Albans
St Michael’s St, St Albans AL3 4SW
Verulamium was the third largest city of Roman Britain and the museum stands on the site of the Roman town.  Families welcome.
Opening times: Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.30pm (last admission at 5pm), Sunday 2.00pm – 5.30pm (last admission at 5pm)
Cost: Residents of St Albans District (with proof of residency) FREE, adults £5.00, children (under 16s) £2.50, under 5s FREE, family (2 adults + 2 children) £12, Senior Citizens (60+) and concessions inc. students (with proof of status) £3.50

Ware Museum
The Priory Lodge, 89 High Street, Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9AL
Ware Museum is a small independent museum containing important items from Ware’s past. Exhibitions include a room dedicated to ancient history, a medieval well that you can walk on, and a fascinating World War II bunker that was refurbished in 2010. Activities for children run during the summer holidays and there is a pretty herb garden to enjoy in warmer weather.
Opening times: Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday 11.00am – 4.00pm; Sunday 2.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: FREE admission

Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton
London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX
Located just across the border in Luton, Stockwood Discovery Centre is a gem of an attraction that caters to all ages. Explore the artefact-filled galleries, with exhibits ranging from prehistoric times to the modern day; take a seat inside the collection of carriages and vehicles; join in an activity; or wander through the themed gardens, including the sensory garden and the dig for victory garden. On-site there is also a children’s playground, café, gift shop, and baby changing facilities. What’s more there is plenty of FREE parking.
Opening times: (14 Feb-31 Oct) Monday – Sunday (including Bank Holidays) 10.00am – 5.00pm
Winter Opening: (Nov-Early Feb) Monday – Sundays (including Bank Holidays) 10.00am – 4.00pm
Cost: Admission is FREE, but there may be a small charge for some events and activities.