Plan a Visit
Please note: The Museum is now closed for refurbishment and will be reopening in March 2020.
From 19 October 2019 until early February 2020, we will have a temporary exhibition of highlights from the Cromwell Museum's collections in Huntingdon Town Hall (just across the road from the Museum building). This will be open at the following times:
19 October to 2 February 2020:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11am – 3pm
Mondays: Closed except by appointment
Closed 24 December - 1 January inclusive
Admission to the Cromwell Museum is FREE.
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.