About us

The Cowper and Newton Museum is an independent, registered, museum owned and administered by a charitable trust. It is staffed by a House Manager, who is supported by a team of volunteers.

Disabled access

There is access for wheelchair users to the garden.  Three rooms in Cowper’s house (Orchard Side) are accessible via two or three steps, thereafter the museum is over 3 floors and 6 flights of stairs.   A portfolio of photographs of the exhibits in the upper rooms is available for those who find the steep stairs difficult to manage.  Videos about the museum are available to watch in the Reception area, where volunteers are always on hand to answer your questions.

Policy on dogs in the museum and gardens

ONLY guide dogs, hearing dogs and medical detection dogs are allowed in the museum and gardens. No other dogs are permitted inside the building or beyond the Courtyard.

Eating out

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes close to the Museum for morning coffee, lunch, or tea.

Venue hire

We can blend a provincial historic town house setting together with a courtyard and its 18th century garden with facilities for informal gatherings and celebrations of various sorts up to 100 people. The garden lends itself splendidly to family or wedding photography, small relaxed music, play or poetry recitals. Catering can be provided by arrangement. Please contact the museum for prices and availability.  (Please note that food can be consumed in the courtyard only, to protect our indoor artefacts from mice, so catering requirements are restricted by the weather).

Contact information

AddressOrchard Side
Market Place
MK46 4AJ
Telephone No+44 (0)1234 711516