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“History on our doorstep”

The Cromwell Museum
Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Huntingdon
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Housed in the former grammar school that Oliver Cromwell attended, this history museum features a collection of paintings and personal items related to the Lord Protector of the Commonwealth during the 17th century.
St. Neots, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
266 reviews
135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“History on our doorstep”
Reviewed May 11, 2013

Although situated in amongst the shops, this small museum does not jump out at you when wandering aimlessly around the tired town of Huntingdon. I was quite surprised, as we walked in, to find a lovely interior of well laid out paintings and artefacts. The building used to be Cromwells old school house.There are a few items for sale as well as a good selection of reference books to browse. Entry is free. As it is small there are no toilets or cafe.

Visited May 2013
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west sussex
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A New Insight”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

Much I did not know about him, given thought to revise opinions of his character and what was happening at that time despite popular misconceptions.

Visited April 2013
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London/Surrey
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Worth it for the artefacts and portraits”
Reviewed February 19, 2013

No charge for entry here. The museum is the old school house where Cromwell was a pupil (and, intriguingly, Samuel Pepys was a fellow student). It is worth a visit for the range of documents and artefacts from the period - Cromwell's signature appears many times on documents exhibited and we were intrigued by the slew of legislation during the Protectorate that tried to make people more 'godly.' The portraits are excellent and very well restored into gleaming condition. There's a fait bit of 'said to be' or 'allegedly' or 'claimed to be' (take Cromwell's own hat for example) but it is all beguiling in its way.

Visited February 2013
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Huntingdon, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“intresting”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

I enter for curiosity and because is free...very nice place, just a little small...but enough, the staff was helpful and they show me and answer with knowledge at my questions...well done !!!

Visited September 2012
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Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Interesting exhibits in small museum”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

Small museum, located in the one room building which was Oliver Cromwell's school and is in the centre of town. Some really interesting items here but perhaps the museum needs a bit of a revamp in terms of how the story of Oliver Cromwell is told, some of the insights given were absolutely fascinating! It was great that there was not too much on this battle or that battle but it would have been nice to have more on the personal life of the man, how he managed the Commonwealth period, what happened after his death, etc. Not easy to include so much in this small space but could be attempted. The only other gripe is that the lighting does not lend itself to being able to see the oil paintings easily without bobbing up and down, moving around. Having said all that, it must also be acknowledged that this is a time of financial austerity so everything is on a shoestring. However, on the plus side, the museum trustee was very happy to talk to us and added further interesting details about both the museum and the town.

Visited February 2013
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