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.

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