We are thrilled to announce that we are now back at our usual opening times!
Tuesday 2.30pm to 4.30pm
Wednesday 2:30 to 4:30pm
Thursday 2:30 to 4:30pm
Saturday 10.30am to 4pm
Sunday 2.30pm to 4.30pm
The Museum’s collection contains hundreds of artefacts reflecting the history of Barnet and those that have lived there, dating from the Bronze Age to the present day. There is also an extensive archive, and we are a centre for local and family history research.
What's on now?
New Spires Exhibition
Actually it is an "old" new exhibition. Photographs which formed a display in Hadley Highstone Memorial Hall in the 1990s are exhibited again by Barnet Museum.
The display was put together by Rob Brimson, Lyn Brimson and Jane Downey. The early photos are a record of times gone (but not necessarily forgotten) in Hadley and Barnet. Come and revel in a bit of nostalgia.
The exhibition is free, we are grateful to Lyn Brimson who donated the display to Barnet Museum and, of course, we are grateful ,as ever, to The Spires management for letting us use one of their units.
At Barnet Museum we welcome historians of all ages!
Take a hunt around the museum with our Look and Find Quiz!
Some cheeky little mice have hidden in our museum! Can you come and find them all?!
The Battle of Barnet
English Heritage describes the Battle of Barnet as ‘one of the most important battles’ of the Wars of the Roses, a series of English civil wars over who should be king. The claimants were Edward IV, of the house of York, and Henry VI, of the house of Lancaster. By the time the two sides lined up at Barnet, both men had been crowned and re-crowned; Edward was just back from exile and Henry was his hostage. Henry’s army was commanded by the powerful Earl of Warwick (the ‘Kingmaker’) – who had previously been Edward’s right-hand-man. It was in this battle that Warwick fell.
We hope you enjoy this drone footage of our banners along Barnet High Street. For more information on the Battle, please navigate to the Battle of Barnet section of this website.
This document outlines the strategic direction for Barnet Museum & Local History Society
The Museum opened in March 1938 to house and make available to the public the growing collection of the Barnet Record Society (now Barnet Museum & Local History Society) which had been founded in 1927 to record and preserve Barnet’s history. The Museum building is an attractive early Georgian house in the heart of Chipping Barnet, and is part of Wood Street conservation area. The Museum is a registered charity (no.1169214 ) and accredited Museum.