Hackney Museum

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This exciting museum explores the reasons why people have moved to Hackney from all over the world for more than 1000 years. The museum displays include objects, interactives, computer programmes and the stories of real people. There is always something new to see at Hackney Museum in our two temporary exhibition areas with constantly changing displays.

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Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 9.30 - 5.30
Thursday 9.30 - 8.00
Saturday 10.00 - 5.00

Closed: Sunday, Monday and Bank Holidays

Admission charges


Hackney Museum's collections are broad. They include objects that relate to the local area's history, such as a Saxon log boat which is 1000 years old. We also collect objects that relate to communities' lives in Hackney, such as a set of Vietnamese painted fingernails. Finally we collect objects that relate to communities' lives in their countries of origin, such as a Nigerian catapult.

Collection details

World Cultures, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Religion, Photography, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Medicine, Land Transport, Fine Art, Film and Media, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Anglo Saxon logboat, Jewish Cloth badge and anti-semitic newspaper from Nazi Germany, Dennis Morris Photographs, Tom Hunter photographs, Huguenot silverwear, Eel Pie and Mash Shop, Rachel Whiteread photographs, Victorian fire engine, Vietnamese painted finger nails,
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Picture Taking: Exploring Myself Through Photography.

  • 18 July — 31 December 2015 *on now

Photography offers a voice to people who find everyday communication a challenge. Features the work of Emma, Qwayne, Mohammed, Jason, Izu and Luke, students at The Garden School in Hackney, which supports children with special educational needs many with an autistic spectrum disorder.



Who Were the Slave-owners of Hackney?

  • 1 October — 31 December 2015 *on now

Discover Hackney’s links to the global history of enslavement and its abolition through this display using original archives and the Encyclopaedia of British Slave-ownership. This display looks at a time when Hackney was a fashionable semi-rural area where both abolitionists and wealthy slave-owners lived side by side.


Hackney Archives
Dalston CLR James Library
Dalston Square
E8 3BQ

African Threads, Hackney Style

  • 1 October 2015 — 23 January 2016 *on now

The African Threads, Hackney Style exhibition will focus on the creation and use of printed cloths and their designs as expressions of African identity.
It will explore the ways they are worn in particular African regions along with the various ways they have influenced fashion, style and identity in Hackney today.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Hackney Museum
Technology and Learning Centre
1 Reading Lane
Greater London
E8 1GQ






020 8356 2509


020 8356 3500

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