The Museum traces the rise of Cromwell from his beginnings in Huntingdon, where he was born in 1599 to his appointment as Lord Protector, the head of state, in 1653. For many Cromwell was a king in all but name. The museum has on display the sword worn at his 'coronation'.
Cromwell's reputation was vilified at the restoration of Charles Stuart in 1660 and over the succeeding centuries it has risen and fallen. In the 19thC he became the great national hero and the museum collection includes a range of commemorative items created to celebrate him.
There is a changing programme of small temporary exhibitions about different aspects of Cromwell, his life and his legacy. For children and family groups there is a range of free things to do in the museum.
Visitor comments are overwhelmingly favourable:
'A great deal of information in a very small space... and well presented.' From the visitor book 9.8.2009.
The Museum has a selection of books and souvenirs and all of the basic facilities such as toilets and a cafe are available nearby in the associated library and archive.
Groups of more than 10 please book in advance.
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Grammar School Walk, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3LF
Map reference: TL 239719 Lat: 52.33192 Long: -0.18284
A14 west from Cambridge and east from A1. Or via A1198 or A141.
Accessible by Public Transport : 1 mile (1.6 kms) from Huntingdon station
Fully accredited by the museums, libraries archives council.