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Bishop’s Stortford Museum

Bishop’s Stortford Museum opens the doors to the fascinating history of the town and surrounding area.  With our mix of family friendly local history displays, holiday activities and themed walks and talks, we have something to offer the whole family.   If you want to explore the history of the town even further why not pick up a Town Trail – they are free and available from the Museum and Tourist Information Centre.  You can add a treat to your visit by taking a break in our Maltings Bar, themed to celebrate the town’s industrial heritage, which stocks a range of hot and cold drinks, snacks and Tiptree cakes

Open Hours

Mon-Fri,  10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm


Admission to the museum is free, donations are welcome

Contact Us

01279 710204

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The Museum in Your Own Home!

Although we are now fully open again some of you may still prefer to visit us from the safety of your own home (or phone) using our virtual tour of the 2nd floor museum display.   When you are in the tour you can “grab” the background with a left click of your mouse and pull the background to the left, right, up or down to look around.  As you do this you will see icons embedded in the image.  “Arrow” icons are to help you move from one area to the next, “i” icons display information when you hover your cursor over it.  You can toggle between regular and full screen with the square icon at the top left corner of the tour.


Museums are all about learning; click here to find out about our great range of talks, holiday activities, schools & curriculum support, guided walks, reminiscence work and community events.


Museums are all about objects – we use them to study and understand the past, how this has shaped the present and help us explore what the future might look like.  Click to find out more about the objects in our collections.


Museums are all about people!  Museums show how people, communities and places have changed over the years.  However, we are also all about people today; we help people share knowledge, find out about different cultures and see what makes our community so special.  If you would like to help us by volunteering at the museum please click here.


Last year we hosted a display on the recent excavations carried out by Oxford Archaeology East at Whittington Way.  Excavations like this are really transforming our understanding of the early development of Bishop’s Stortford and we are delighted that we were the first local venue to host the display.  Although the display has now finished we have created a small virtual version of it so you can still stay up to date with this latest development even if you were unable to visit in person.

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Object of the Month

Over the last two years the museum volunteers have written some fascinating feature articles for the Bishop’s Stortford Independent Newspaper.  We have added the back catalogue of articles to our website to form an on-line archive – as each new article is published it will be added to this great local history resource.