Cowper & Newton Museum
Cowper & Newton Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsGardensHistory Museums
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Relive Georgian life in the home of the poet William Cowper, where he used to meet his friend, the preacher and former slave trader John Newton, author of the hymn 'Amazing Grace' Find out about the life and works of both men, including their involvement in the campaign to abolish the slave trade. A visit to the Museum also includes the Gardens and Three Hares Art Gallery.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Tim H
1 contribution
Aug 2023
We loved the museum and garden and for that thank you. However I would suggest that, entitled as they are to their own opinions, the reception staff consider a more appropriate location to loudly proclaim their anti-migrant views, as these are in conflict with the spirit of this otherwise tranquil and edifying place and we certainly didn't pay to listen to them.
Written 25 August 2023
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larrytcurtis
Birmingham, UK2 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
We have visited several times with friends and highly recommend it if at all interested in Cowper or Newton.
Written 15 May 2023
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John M
44 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
Fascinating place to visit. Full of interesting stuff complemented with audio visuals. Very friendly staff. Rain and shortage of time meant we didn't see the gardens but the entrance fee entitles you to return without further charge within a year, so look forward to a summer visit. Highly recommended.
Written 29 March 2023
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Elizabeth West
1 contribution
Feb 2023 • Solo
I enjoyed it it was a awesome nest place to visit and have a tour the story made me sad and interested poor bloke but he loved his writing
Written 25 February 2023
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Poole, UK60 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Wonderful quirky museum, fascinating insights to poet Cowper and slave abolitionist Newton. Friendly informative room guides. House, Garden and usually art gallery (but between exhibitions when we went).
Written 1 September 2022
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clare094
Olney, UK42 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Informative and interesting few hours spent in the museum and garden. The museum is beautifully housed in the Georgian house which from 1768 to 1786 was the home of William Cowper, renowned 18th century poet.

We read about how his friend John Newton’s life and personal experience inspired him to write the world’s most famous hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ here in Olney. A lot of information about how he was a slave ship captain, as a captive himself; how he became curate of the parish church, it was interesting to learn about his involvement in the abolition of slavery and his spiritual influence on William Wilberforce. Definitely worth a few hours if your time.
Written 17 August 2021
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Mike S
Greater London, UK29 contributions
Oct 2020
Lovely place to visit in Olney. The team have worked hard to make the gardens and museum Covid safe. Great to learn so much more about Cowper and Newton and their ministry in the area that has impacted so many lives over the years. Great fun for all ages and lots of interesting things to see and learn about. Would recommend visiting when you're in the area.
Written 28 October 2020
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Douglas N
3 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
This museum is well organised with exhibits displayed over 3 floors. So much to see with very helpful staff too. Attached to the museum is a lovely garden to visit when open.
Written 28 March 2020
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Thank you - although currently closed we are still working behind the scenes to be ready to welcome everyone when we open again. Our Garden Team has just prepared some Timely Tips for all gardeners which will be up on our website & out on our social media channels next week. Be safe all & we look forward to meeting old & new friends when it is safe to open one more. Best wishes from the Cowper & Newton Museum Team
Written 29 March 2020
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BHK
4 contributions
Oct 2019
John Newton was the most amazing man! So grateful to be in his church. Sang Amazing Grace with other tourist.
Great Tea hos across the street.
Written 10 January 2020
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Hello - thank you for telling us about your visit to Olney. SO much still to do in the town even if the Museum is not open on the day. We are currently closed for Winter conservation but are open again on February 18th for the 2020 season. Pop on over to our Facebook, Instagram & Twitter accounts to find out how you can send us your own covers of Amazing Grace and join in with the town's #AmazingGrace250 commemorations.
Written 11 January 2020
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Woodjane
Bugbrooke, UK28 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
Very enjoyable visit, didn’t know anything about William Cowper before I went, so it was interesting to learn about him, and also about life in Georgian England.
Something for everyone, I didn’t do the Georgian dress-up but great idea to bring the museum to life for children.
Written 22 November 2019
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... and the Dress Up has proved so popular that we have added to our adult sizes this year. So pleased to hear we brought the Georgian age to life for you & William was a good host.
Written 26 November 2019
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COWPER & NEWTON MUSEUM: All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos)

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Cowper & Newton Museum is open:
  • Tue - Sat 10:30 - 16:30