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The Museum is now reopening but with altered arrangements due to the Coronavirus outbreak.
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak the Museum is now reopening, but with altered hours and arrangements:
From Saturday 4 July the Museum will be gradually opening up with a 'soft opening' in order to test and bed in our procedures. This will follow our new opening hours of 11am - 4pm Wednesday - Saturday, but we do recommend that you contact us before making a special trip to visit us in those first few days as there may be some variation.
From Saturday 11 July we will be officially reopened to the public:
Standard opening hours will be 11am - 4pm Wednesday - Saturday, with admission free of charge (donations gratefully received).
In addition we will be open on Tuesdays for pre-booked visits for small groups - households, social bubbles and families who are allowed to gather under the current regulations for this, of up to 6 people. This gives you exclusive use of the Museum for an hour without other visitors being present, and a curator led tour. There is a small charge for this - more details and bookings can be found on our 'What's On' Page.
We are putting in place a number of mitigations as per advice from the UK Government, the National Museums Directors Council and the Association of Independent Museums. These include:
- We are limiting the number of visitors who can be inside the Museum at any one time; socially distanced queuing will be enforced outside
- As with all Museums and many other institutions, we have been asked to take a contact name and telephone number or e-mail address as part of the UK Government's 'Test, Track and Trace' scheme. We ask all visitors to help us with this
- We are asking visitors to keep to the social distancing regulations, ideally 2 metres for anyone not from the same household, for the duration of their visit
- Hand sanitizing facilities are available at the entrance to the Museum and other key points; all visitors will be required to sanitize their hands prior to entering the Museum
- The Museum will be thoroughly cleaned at the end of each day; we are also sanitizing regularly used surfaces such as door handles, push buttons, drawer handles etc. on a half hourly basis throughout the day
- There is a specific route around the Museum's displays which has been clearly marked and which visitors are asked to observe
- Items which cannot be cleaned or sterilized easily (such as replica clothes for visitors to dress up in) we have unfortunately had to remove from display for the time being
- Visitors are asked to sanitize their hands before inspecting shop stock and keep handling of such items to a minimum
- Payment for shop stock is to be by use of contactless card, if possible
- In common with many shops and outlets, we have installed a Perspex shield on our reception desk to minimize 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.
We are evolving these procedures, and welcome feedback or suggestions for improvement.
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.
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.
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.