Barnet Museum is a free local history Museum in North London run by volunteers which focuses on Chipping Barnet, East Barnet, New Barnet, Hadley and the surrounding districts.. The Museum’s collection contains hundreds of artefacts reflecting the history of Barnet and those who have lived there, dating from the Bronze Age to the present day. We have an extensive archive, and are a centre for local and family history research.
Barnet Museum opened in March 1938 to house and make available to the public the growing collection of the Barnet Record Society (now Barnet Museum and 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 Musem.
Barnet Museum also manages Barnet Physic Well, a mineral water spring which was thought to have therapeutic qualities and was popular from the later seventeenth century through the eighteenth century. Volunteers from Barnet Museum run monthly public openings of Barnet Physic Well.
HRH The Duke of Gloucester visited Barnet Museum, Barnet Physic Well and the probable site of the Battle of Barnet in May 2017.The Museum's patron is the Deputy Lieutenant for the London Borough of Barnet, Martin Russell. He became our Patron in May 2017, and was presented with a certificate by HRH The Duke of Gloucester on his visit to the Museum.
The Museum’s collection includes objects, photographs, paintings, documents, books, manuscripts and maps covering many aspects of life in Barnet, from ancient times to the present day.
The Museum welcomes donations to its collections that have connections with the Barnet area and Barnet families.
We only accept items that have a relevance to the history and development of Barnet and its surrounding district. Unfortunately we do not usually accept particularly large items or those in poor condition as we do not have a workroom in which to conserve them. Regretfully, we cannot accept every item that we are offered, no matter how interesting, due to space limitations.
Displays at Barnet Museum
Barnet Museum has displays relating to the Battle of Barnet, both World Wars, domestic life, shop, pubs, sport, leisure, costume, childhood, religion and health, as well as temporary exhibitions.