St Albans Museum & Gallery


St Albans, Hertfordshire

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The museum is set over three floors and contains state-of-the-art gallery space to showcase 2000 years of heritage and display contemporary artworks. It has regularly changing exhibitions and cutting-edge art installations. The Museum aims to share local and national treasures with all visitors, this includes the fascinating history of the building. The old Town Hall was restored to provide exhibition space and the Octagonal Courtroom and subterranean cells preserved for the enjoyment of future generations. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere and learn how these unique spaces were used, including dramatic stories of law and order in the district. The cells where defendants were once held lead up directly to the dock in the courtroom. Guests can experience what it may have felt like to stand as the accused or oversea the court proceedings from the Judge's chair.

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St Albans Museum & Gallery
Town Hall, St Peters Street, ST ALBANS, Hertfordshire, AL1 3DH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Monday - Sunday: 11am - 5pm

About the area

Discover Hertfordshire

As Hertfordshire is so close to London, many of its towns have become commuter havens. St Albans, less than 19 miles (30km) from the capital, has retained its distinctive character, along with many historic remains. The Roman city of Verulamium is situated in a nearby park, and excavations have revealed an amphitheatre, a temple, parts of the city walls and some house foundations. There are also some amazing mosaic pavements.

The abbey church at St Albans is thought to have been built on the same site where St Alban met his martyrdom in the 3rd century. The abbey was founded in 793 by King Offa of Mercia, and contains the saint’s shrine, made of Purbeck marble. Lost for years, it was discovered in the 19th century, in pieces, and restored by the designer of the red telephone box, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott. The abbey also contains some wonderful medieval wall paintings. Nicholas Breakspear was born in St Albans, the son of an abbey tenant. In 1154 he took the name Adrian IV, and became the first, and so far only, English pope. Another famous son of Hertfordshire was Sir Francis Bacon, Elizabethan scholar and Lord High Chancellor, born in Hemel Hempstead in 1561.

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