The new £7.75 million St Albans Museum + Gallery will open on June 8, following a two-year restoration of the city’s Georgian Grade II-listed Town Hall.
The venue will showcase more than 2,000 years of the city’s heritage, with displays telling the story of its development from the pre-Roman era to modern times.
The opening exhibitions include First Impressions, which celebrates the city’s printing heritage and a range of work by artist Susie Macmurray, who is famed for her large-scale pieces in historic buildings.
The city is the home of Britain’s first saint; and boasts numerous Roman remains.
It also has an 11th century cathedral in which the first draft of Magna Carta was drawn up, and the oldest pub in the UK.
The museum will be free to enter, and there will be a small entry fee for national-touring exhibitions from top UK museums.
Other exhibitions will include Squatlife (July 14-August 26), inspired by photographs of squatted premises and their inhabitants in St Albans during the 1980s.
Hand Drawn, Action Packed (September 1-November 11) is the national launch of the new Hayward Touring exhibition introducing new and existing work by 10 internationally acclaimed artists exploring drawing, animation and narrative.
There is a programme of family-focused events throughout the summer of 2018, which launches on July 28 with a festival of activities.
A science exhibition is planned for the autumn of 2019, which will focus on the important scientists who have come from St Albans, such as Stephen Hawking, and the significant discoveries and advances in science that have taken place in the city.