Becoming Henry Moore

Discover how Henry Moore developed from a promising schoolboy into one of the 20th century’s most successful artists. 

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    A great day out for families
  • Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae
  • Reclining Figure: Draped
  • Henry Moore carving in his studio c.1925-26
    Reproduced by permission the Henry Moore Foundation.

Discover how Henry Moore developed from a promising schoolboy into one of the 20th century’s most successful artists.  Planned to coincide with the Henry Moore Foundation’s 40th anniversary, Becoming Henry Moore traces the creative path of Britain’s foremost modern sculptor and reveals his influences and inspirations.

The exhibition focuses on Moore’s formative years between 1914 and 1930.  During this period Moore developed artistic themes that stayed with him for the rest of his career, including the mother and child and the reclining figure. The display will offer a unique insight into how art school, war, friends, museums, benefactors and family all shaped his distinctive style.

Becoming Henry Moore is a rare opportunity to see Moore’s early works alongside those that inspired him. Artistic contemporaries including Picasso and Modigliani, old masters – Michelangelo and Rembrandt, and ancient cultures all influenced the young sculptor. Thanks to the generosity of private collectors and museums around the world this fascinating period of Moore’s career is brought to life, for the first time.

Please note: It is not possible to purchase an online ticket for the same day. Tickets are always available on arrival at the visitor centre.

Online tickets include entrance to the sculpture gardens, studios, tapestries and Becoming Henry Moore exhibition. Tours of Hoglands, Moore's family home, are not included and may be purchased on arrival

Opening times

Open Friday 14 April to Sunday 22 October 2017
Monday: Closed (open bank holidays 11am - 5pm) 
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11am - 5pm
Thursday: 11am - 5pm
Friday: 11am - 5pm
Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Sunday: 11 am - 5pm

Ticket information

Select date:

Ticket type
Price with donation

Give a little, help a lot: select the "price with donation" to become a Gift Aid visitor and the museum will receive an extra 25p from HMRC for every £1 you give at no extra cost to you.

Adult Ticket
  • 20 October 2017 | All day
Concession Ticket
  • 20 October 2017 | All day
Family Ticket
  • 20 October 2017 | All day
Student / Under 18 Ticket
  • 20 October 2017 | All day
Adult Ticket: National Art Pass
  • 20 October 2017 | All day
Concession Ticket: National Art Pass
  • 20 October 2017 | All day
Family Ticket: National Art Pass
  • 20 October 2017 | All day
Student / Under 18: National Art Pass
  • 20 October 2017 | All day

Additional Information

Online tickets include entry to the sculpture gardens, studios & Becoming Henry Moore Exhibition.

Tours of Hoglands, Henry Moore's family home, can only be booked on arrival (subject to availability) and an additional fee is payable. Please note that tickets for Hoglands sell out quickly on weekends and Bank Holidays.


How accessible are the Studios & Gardens?
There is a fair bit of walking involved, and though we do have paths and benches, much of your visit will be on grassland. We have a number of mobility scooters and wheelchairs available which you can book - call ahead to book one in advance on 01279 844104 / 01279 843333.

Can I bring my own wheelchair/mobility scooter?
Please feel free to bring your own wheelchair or mobility scooter, but any motors must be turned off while inside the galleries and studios. We do recommend that any wheelchairs or scooters are suitable for outdoor and unpaved surfaces as much of the site is grassland or gravelled.

Art Fund National Art Pass
We accept National Art Pass cards. Each card is valid for a 25% discount on the holder's ticket. We will ask to see your Art Pass when you visit with an online voucher.

Can I touch the Artwork?
Yes! While you're outside please feel free to touch the sculptures. However, to protect both yourself and the art works please do not climb on the works or their stands. On bright, sunny days the bronzes can be quite hot, so be careful!

Can I take Photographs?
You are welcome to take photographs for personal use while outside in the grounds. We don't allow photography inside the studios and galleries, and you will need a licence from our Image Archive team if you wish to take photos for professional or commercial use.

Can we bring a picnic or packed lunch?
Yes, we have an outdoor picnic area. Please don't picnic in the sculpture gardens.

Can I bring my dog?
Sorry no dogs or other pets except guide dogs and dogs for the disabled. Please don't leave your dog in your car or ask our staff to look after them.

Vouchers are valid for date of purchase only and cannot be transferred.

Vouchers do not include entry to Moore's former home 'Hoglands'. These can only be purchased from the Visitor Centre on the day, subject to availability.

If you have bought a discounted Art Fund ticket voucher please bring your membership card when you visit.

Family tickets are valid for 2 adults and 2 children aged 5 to 18.

Concession tickets are valid for visitors aged 60 and over.

For more directions and a map to Henry Moore Studios & Gardens please visit

Please note that Church Road through Green Tye / Perry Green will be closed from 24 April 2017. Please follow diversion and approach via Bourne Lane.

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens
Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire
SG10 6EE
01279 843333

By car
20 minutes from M11 Junction 8,  A10 exit A414 to Harlow. Satnav postcode SG10 6EE

By train
Bishop's Stortford station is directly linked to London Liverpool Street, Stansted Airport and Cambridge. A short taxi ride to Perry Green.

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