Plan a Visit
We have altered arrangements due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Our opening hours are:
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm (3.30pm November - March)
Bank Holiday Mondays 11am - 4pm (3.30pm November - March)
Closed Sundays and Mondays
Due to a private booking the Museum will open at 12pm (noon) on Saturday 11 September.
The Museum is open all year round, but closes for certain days over the Christmas holidays. For 2021 we will be closed 24 - 28 December and 1 - 3 January 2022.
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, when the Museum is open, we have new arrangements:
We are operate a number of mitigations as per advice from the UK Government, the National Museums Directors Council and the Association of Independent Museums. We have also been awarded Visit England's 'Good to Go' mark for meeting their standards for reopening. Our measures include:
- We're requesting that visitors wear a face covering whilst visiting the museum. It isn't compulsory; everyone is made very welcome with or without one, but as we're a small space wearing one helps safeguard other visitors, volunteers & staff
- We may limit the number of visitors who can be inside the Museum at any one time durig busy periods
- We have been asked to take a contact name and telephone number or e-mail address from all adults as part of the UK Government's 'Test, Track and Trace' scheme, or alternatively people can scan themselves in using the NHS app. We ask all visitors to help us with this.
- Hand sanitising facilities are available at the entrance to the Museum and other key points; all visitors will be required to sanitise their hands prior to entering the Museum
- The Museum will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day
- Items which cannot be cleaned or sterilised easily (such as replica clothes for visitors to dress up in) we have unfortunately had to remove from display for the time being
- In common with many shops and outlets, we have installed a Perspex shield on our reception desk to minimise risk
- Our staff and volunteers will have use of appropriate PPE as required
- The Museum does not have any toilets or refreshment facilities (these are available nearby in the town)
More detailed procedures and a Risk Assessment are available on request - please contact us - and are on display in the Museum's foyer.
As we are an independent charity we do encourage visitors to make a donation to help with our running costs.
The Museum is located in the heart of Huntingdon town centre, just off the historic town square, across from the Town Hall and All Saints' Church. Please see the map for our location.
The closest car park is on St. Germain Street, just behind the Museum – please see the Huntingdon First map for its location. Huntingdon is just off the main A1/A14 junction and is midway between Cambridge and Peterborough by road. The multi-story car park by Sainsbury's has electric car charging points on the first floor for those using an electric vehicle.
We are less than 10 minutes’ walk from Huntingdon Railway Station, which is on the main East Coast rail line. There are regular services from Peterborough (14 minutes by train) and London King’s Cross (55 minutes by train). For train times please visit National Rail Enquiries.
We are only a couple of minutes’ walk away from Huntingdon Bus Station, which has regular local bus services, and is connected by the Guided Busway to central Cambridge. Please visit the Stagecoach website for more details on the Busway timetable.
Lots of people come to see us by bicycle, if they live locally or have cycled in from a neighbouring town. There are bicycle racks for you to secure your bike to just outside the Museum on Grammar School Walk.
The Museum has a wealth of treasures to see and delight visitors of all ages:
- Cromwell’s hat – an amazing survival is this 17th century hat, believed to have belonged to Cromwell and been worn by him when dismissing the ‘Rump’ Parliament. We also have a replica that you can try on!
- Portraits and Paintings – we have an interesting collection of portraits of Cromwell (including the famed ‘warts and all’ portrait by Sir Peter Lely), his family and many other important characters from the period.
- Arms and Armour – see original arms and armour from the time of the Civil Wars, including several of Cromwell’s swords.
- Personal items – we have astonishing personal items belonging to Cromwell and his family, including his gunpowder flask, an exquisite chest given to him as a diplomatic gift, and his medical cabinet.
- Family activities – we have a number of trails and activities for our younger visitors, including replica items and costumes to handle and try on.
The Museum is accessible to wheelchairs, buggies, prams, but not to large mobility scooters. The interior of the Museum is flat, without steps, and seating is available for visitor use.
We have large print introductory guides available for visitors – please ask the steward on duty.
By prior arrangement we can arrange handling sessions for groups or individuals with visual impairments, allowing them to interact with objects and replicas in a tactile way.
The Museum has a small but well stocked gift counter, with a selection of books, souvenirs and gift ideas about or inspired by Cromwell, the 17th century and the Museum’s collections. We take payment by cash, cheque and credit or debit card.