Visitor Information

Hackney Museum is open, accessible and inclusive for all. It is free to visit and operates on a walk-in basis. Booking (via eventbrite) is only required for special events.

On this page you will find useful information about the Museum’s location, facilities and accessibility. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact our Front of House team which will assist you to plan your visit.

Tel: 020 8356 2509
Email: museum@hackney.gov.uk

Find Us

Hackney Museum is located on the ground floor of the Technology and Learning Centre in the Hackney Town Hall square.

Address
1 Reading Lane
London
E8 1GQ

Opening Hours
Tues, Wed: 9.30am-5.30pm
Thurs: 9.30am-8.00pm
Fri: 9.30am-5.30pm
Sat: 10am-5pm

Quiet Times
Tuesday to Thursday: between 12pm and 1pm and anytime after 3 pm.
Friday: 9.30am-11am and 2pm-5.30pm
Saturday: 10am-12 and 2pm-5pm

Plan your visit

Overground
Nearest stations: Hackney Central, Hackney Downs, London Fields. These stations are not ‘step-free’ accessible. Use the TFL’s ‘Plan your journey’ page in ‘step-free access’ mode for more guidance.

Tube
Nearest station: Bethnal Green (Central Line) and then bus 106 or 254 from stop C or D6 from stop B.

Buses
Hackney Central is a major bus interchange for: 30, 38, 48, 55, 56, 106, 236, 242, 253, 254, 276, 277, 394, 425, 488, D6 and W15.

Use Google Maps

Pre-visit information & accessibility
Hackney Museum is open to all, whether you are visiting alone or as part of a group. We encourage groups of 10 or more to get in touch with us before visiting, especially Tuesday to Fridays so we can provide advice to avoid clashing with other visiting groups.

Children's wooden red painted number 38 bus

Schools workshops
On weekdays Hackney Museum delivers one morning and one afternoon learning sessions to local primary and secondary schools. At these times, the museum is open to the general public as usual, however we appreciate that the workshops may be distracting to some visitors, especially to those who consider themselves vulnerable. Generally, the museum is quieter on the weekends and on weekdays towards the end of the day, when the learning sessions have finished.

Facilities

  • Security staff can help with the entry door to the building and the exit door operated via a push button.
  • Hackney Museum is conveniently located on the ground floor of the building, with level access and automatic doors.
  • Accessible toilets are available inside Hackney Museum, just opposite the main reception. They include: male and female and a gender neutral toilet. A wheelchair accessible toilet and baby changing facilities.
  • We provide foldable stools and a foldable wheelchair for visitors with mobility difficulties.
  • We welcomes guide dogs.
  • Blue badge parking is available at the front of the building on Reading Lane. More parking spaces are available around Hackney Town Hall.
  • Bicycle parking is available on the building’s forecourt. Please note that bikes are left unattended at your own risk, bring with you a lock to prevent theft.

Food and Drink
Eating and drinking (except bottled water) are not allowed in Hackney Museum. We do not have a cafe, however there are many cafes, restaurants, pubs and world kitchens nearby.