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Cromwell Museum, Huntingdon

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4.3/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
The Cromwell Museum in Huntingdon, England, is a museum containing collections exploring the life of Oliver Cromwell and to a lesser extent his son Richard Cromwell. Oliver Cromwell was born in Huntingdon in 1599 and lived there for more than half his life. The museum is located in the former grammar school building in which Cromwell received his early education. Founded in 1962, the museum contains significant artifacts, paintings and printed material relating to The Protectorate. The museum is run by the Cambridgeshire Libraries, Archives and Information Service, part of Cambridgeshire County Council.BuildingThe Cromwell Museum is located in the old grammar school building attended by Cromwell and the diarist Samuel Pepys. The building retains fragments of the medieval infirmary hall of the Hospital of St John the Baptist (circa 1170-90). The hospital was an almshouse for the poor and was founded by David Earl of Huntingdon. Keeping to an Augustinian rule, the masters of the hospital were appointed by the mayor and burgesses of the town until the suppression of chantries and hospitals in 1547. Vested in the corporation of the town, the hospital building became Huntingdon Grammar School which remained in the building until moving to a new location in 1896, eventually moving to Hinchingbrooke House on the outskirts of the town.
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  • Very small museum. Gentleman in the museum was very knowledgeable and happy to answer any questions. Really will only take 30 minutes to look around one room. 
  • The air conditioning was a bit fierce when we visited the museum and the cold meant we did not linger over the exhibits although they were deserving of more time. This remaining part of a much larger ...  read more »
  • It's free but with limited opening hours. The Huntingdonshire District Council have correctly decided to keep this fantastic little treasure open. Thanks to the volunteers that have enabled that. It r...  read more »
  • Could be really good local museum but is not marketed and is really struggling to survive There are no local signs or information which is a real shame because this could be a great tourist attraction
  • The guy who runs this museum is a star :-) I just spent a very nice evening with our local cub group. The talk was entertaining and informative . A great place to visit for all ages .
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