Hackney Museum

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Hackney Museum brings the world to your doorstep! We are a family friendly community museum exploring the long history of migration and settlement in Hackney, through objects, interactive displays and oral histories. There is always something new to see at Hackney Museum in our two temporary exhibition spaces, with displays changing every four months. We also offer a year-round programme of adult events, family workshops and formal and informal learning.

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Opening hours

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

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.
Island to Island

Island to Island: Journeys through the Caribbean

  • 3 October 2017 — 13 January 2018 *on now

This exhibition presents a visual journey through the English-speaking Caribbean with stunning photographs taken over the past sixty years.
Through the work of photographer Tim Smith, explore how the region's multicultural history has shaped the distinctive cultures found across the Caribbean today.
This exhibition also shares rare images of everyday life in the 1950s and 1960s, and personal memories from Hackney residents connected to the Caribbean.

Suitable for

  • Any age



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






020 8356 2509

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