National Civil War Centre Newark Museum

National Civil War Centre Newark Museum

National Civil War Centre Newark Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
It was Britain's deadliest conflict and one which shaped our modern world. Why did brother take up arms against brother and how did a once all-powerful monarch lose his head to the axeman? Discover how the people of Newark survived three sieges by dodging cannon fire, hammering flat family silver to make coins, only for plague to ravage the town. Put yourself on the front line, feel the weight of armour and weapons and aim to destroy the Governor's House as a Parliamentarian gunner. Which Side Will You Choose? New for Spring 2018, two new exhibitions: Cutting Edge: The Changing Tools of War and Shaking the Foundations: The Quest for Democracy. Exhibition covered with normal admission prices!
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Richard B
    Wardington, United Kingdom20 contributions
    A Must Visit Venue
    Centrally located and well worth visiting. Well laid out and informative without any waffling. Something for all ages with lots of stuff to keep children occupied. Great, well informed, friendly staff. Well worth a visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Travelling_Imp_1956
    Lincoln, United Kingdom694 contributions
    Choose between education or fun
    Having been with the grandchildren we decided it was time to do the visit alone to be able to really investigate. The museum is a great interactive venue for younger children but if you want time to read everything, as an adult, being sans children is advisable. We had a very pleasant and informative four hours in the museum, including watching the film (perhaps not so suitable for under 10s). The musket demonstration however is very much for the children and the gentleman who lead it was brilliant. There is a myriad of information and some wonderful artefacts to look at. Set over five floor (lift is available). On the top floor the art display/exhibition of Tubthumping by Emilie Taylor (only opened on 9th of March and is temporary) has a number of eye-opening pieces and educational pieces. On the lower floors are exhibitions about the civil war and its aftermath. I did crack the upside down task - eventually - which gave my wife plenty of time to read all the information boards. I am struggling to think of any downsides, with the lack of local parking being the only one. Whilst there is a car park on Apopletongate it can fill very quickly if there is a show on at the Theatre, which is part of the museum complex. Overall for the few pounds entry fee it is very well worth it. Sadly I have no photographs for you.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Richard
    Llandybie, United Kingdom429 contributions
    Civil War History
    A must visit for any Civil War enthusiast. We visited early on a Friday afternoon. A go as you please tour, sadly with no volunteers or guides available. Situated over a number of floors. Only one floor really dedicated to the Civil War and then concentrated in the main to local Civil war events. Would have liked to see more about all the Major Civil war battles and in some form of order. Therefore slightly disappointed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Emily
    Manchester, United Kingdom4 contributions
    Worthwhile Trip!
    We visited on a weekday and were pleasantly surprised. The exhibits are interesting and very interactive, we enjoyed the short films on offer in the mini cinema and I really loved being able to pick up small wooden information sheets and take them to sit down with. There are several floors and being able to take it at your own pace is pleasant! On the top floor we met the current artist in residence, Samantha Jayne. Samantha was very welcoming and explained her work and the VR aspect. I was very impressed, VR is an excellent way to get people immersed in history and to see it used in an artistic form was fantastic. Samantha's talent shines through in her work, I recognised in particular a drawing of the Midland Hotel in Manchester, I picked it out instantly. Really beautiful work by a lovely girl. I truly hope she has the support of the museum and funding bodies moving forward because she was a true delight to meet. We were also met by a volunteer at the beginning of the exhibition. While we unfortunately did not catch his name, he explained the layout of the museum and how we should follow it best to understand the flow and make the most out of the bits on display. He was very helpful and showed true passion for the time period. We visited around 1pm on the 22nd June if that helps identify the gent! It's always nice to be welcomed by a friendly (and knowledgeable) guide. Overall, the museum was enlightening and presented the history in an accessible way. I have a degree in History but find it difficult to engage with much of what is usually presented in museums - this is not the case here. I came away feeling that I had learned a lot. I especially liked the info on Cromwell in Ireland, it's interesting to know. All in all, a very enjoyable experience and I'm sure we will be back again. Thanks!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Emma
    20 contributions
    A well thought out museum
    We really enjoyed this museum. It was reasonably priced to get in and the information was presented in an easy to understand way. There was lots of interactive stuff there for kids so it's a good place for families .The staff and volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly, as were the people in the cafe. We enjoyed our dinner there and the museum has a nice gift shop. It's well worth a visit!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 August 2023
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Slimjim05
Caterham, UK226 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lots of historical facts. Great for kids as interactive

Goes from Civil War museum to the museum of Newark

Worth a visit and there is a cafe attached

The staff on the reception are also part of Tourist Information so very helpful
Written 8 November 2023
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bonny19542015
Wisbech, UK130 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed our visit to the centre. Well thought out, very clean and excellent staff and facilities, well worth the trip.
Written 10 September 2023
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Emma
20 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
We really enjoyed this museum. It was reasonably priced to get in and the information was presented in an easy to understand way. There was lots of interactive stuff there for kids so it's a good place for families .The staff and volunteers were knowledgeable and friendly, as were the people in the cafe. We enjoyed our dinner there and the museum has a nice gift shop. It's well worth a visit!
Written 25 August 2023
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Sharon B
Bakersfield, CA362 contributions
Jul 2023
Really excellent presentation of the facts, and terrific volunteers on site, we're American and have VERY little knowledge of the National Civil War, this was enlightening, fun, interactive, lots of different elements covered and beautifully presented. Absolutely recommended (not pricey, either).
Written 15 July 2023
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Emily
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
We visited on a weekday and were pleasantly surprised. The exhibits are interesting and very interactive, we enjoyed the short films on offer in the mini cinema and I really loved being able to pick up small wooden information sheets and take them to sit down with. There are several floors and being able to take it at your own pace is pleasant!

On the top floor we met the current artist in residence, Samantha Jayne. Samantha was very welcoming and explained her work and the VR aspect. I was very impressed, VR is an excellent way to get people immersed in history and to see it used in an artistic form was fantastic. Samantha's talent shines through in her work, I recognised in particular a drawing of the Midland Hotel in Manchester, I picked it out instantly. Really beautiful work by a lovely girl. I truly hope she has the support of the museum and funding bodies moving forward because she was a true delight to meet.

We were also met by a volunteer at the beginning of the exhibition. While we unfortunately did not catch his name, he explained the layout of the museum and how we should follow it best to understand the flow and make the most out of the bits on display. He was very helpful and showed true passion for the time period. We visited around 1pm on the 22nd June if that helps identify the gent! It's always nice to be welcomed by a friendly (and knowledgeable) guide.

Overall, the museum was enlightening and presented the history in an accessible way. I have a degree in History but find it difficult to engage with much of what is usually presented in museums - this is not the case here. I came away feeling that I had learned a lot. I especially liked the info on Cromwell in Ireland, it's interesting to know. All in all, a very enjoyable experience and I'm sure we will be back again. Thanks!
Written 26 June 2023
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Richard
Llandybie, UK429 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
A must visit for any Civil War enthusiast. We visited early on a Friday afternoon. A go as you please tour, sadly with no volunteers or guides available. Situated over a number of floors. Only one floor really dedicated to the Civil War and then concentrated in the main to local Civil war events. Would have liked to see more about all the Major Civil war battles and in some form of order. Therefore slightly disappointed.
Written 26 June 2023
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Travelling_Imp_1956
Lincoln, UK694 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Having been with the grandchildren we decided it was time to do the visit alone to be able to really investigate. The museum is a great interactive venue for younger children but if you want time to read everything, as an adult, being sans children is advisable. We had a very pleasant and informative four hours in the museum, including watching the film (perhaps not so suitable for under 10s). The musket demonstration however is very much for the children and the gentleman who lead it was brilliant.
There is a myriad of information and some wonderful artefacts to look at. Set over five floor (lift is available). On the top floor the art display/exhibition of Tubthumping by Emilie Taylor (only opened on 9th of March and is temporary) has a number of eye-opening pieces and educational pieces. On the lower floors are exhibitions about the civil war and its aftermath. I did crack the upside down task - eventually - which gave my wife plenty of time to read all the information boards.
I am struggling to think of any downsides, with the lack of local parking being the only one. Whilst there is a car park on Apopletongate it can fill very quickly if there is a show on at the Theatre, which is part of the museum complex.
Overall for the few pounds entry fee it is very well worth it.
Sadly I have no photographs for you.
Written 14 April 2023
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500graham333
Carterton, UK36 contributions
Mar 2023
Well laid out museum with helpful staff not sure what I was expecting but what there was was very interesting would I revisit - probably not they say allow 2 to 3 hours I found an hour was ample
Written 9 April 2023
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Richard B
Wardington, UK20 contributions
Feb 2023
Centrally located and well worth visiting. Well laid out and informative without any waffling. Something for all ages with lots of stuff to keep children occupied. Great, well informed, friendly staff. Well worth a visit.
Written 28 February 2023
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Cherriesfan99
Cheltenham, UK847 contributions
Oct 2022
Dull, disorganised, lacking even a logical and progressive historic flow. Three of the five floors were closed, and much was made of the video show, which made good reference to the social conditions endured by the citizens of Newark -on -Trent during the Civil War. However, there was no information as to how the town was secured, and how the war arrived at the town. More importantly, there was nothing about how Charles 11 arrived and restored the monarchy, whilst Richard Cromwell ( son of Oliver) was effectively airbrushed from the story. The gaps in the history told here are both alarming and misleading. For a museum that presumably has the intention of bringing life to the regions history for people of all ages, there are some issues that bright lights, dressing up clothes and drawing pictures just cannot resolve.
Written 23 October 2022
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Hi Cherriesfan99, Thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry that you did not enjoy your time here as much as the other visitors who have reviewed us recently. The entirety of the Civil War cannot be summed up in one small museum but we hope that, as others have said, we do give a good overview as well as offering a nice clear timeline in our main Civil War gallery. What's most important for us is seeing the human impact of this hugely significant conflict so many of our exhibits and much of our interpretation, including the films you mention and our World Turned Upside Down exhibition, try to look at the experience of it from a personal scale. However, it's a shame that you missed the content we have regarding the restoration and the glorious revolution which the World Turned Upside Down exhibition discusses in detail. Charles II is of course mentioned and we have some fascinating objects related to him including a pewter cup commemorating his marriage to Catherine of Braganza, one of the first examples of Royalist tableware. There is also mention of Richard Cromwell and just one room in the museum is closed at present, the Tudor Attic, due to some maintenance being needed as it is located in the oldest part of the museum. I'm sorry you were disappointed with your visit but hope that if you do return you will be able to spend some more time exploring our carefully curated displays and interpretation.
Written 9 January 2023
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