Your Visit:

Following careful consideration, the Museum, Gardens & Shop will be closed until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We have made this decision in the interests of the health & well-being of our staff, volunteers & visitors.

Thank you for your understanding

During this time we are sharing hidden objects & more stories with you on our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram accounts – why not drop in there to see us.


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Group Visits

Experience a fascinating visit with your group and coach parties to the accredited Cowper & Newton Museum. Group visits are very popular so please ensure you book in good time to avoid disappointment.

To make your provisional booking, please contact our House Manager on 01234 711516 or by email to

Garden Visitors
Group visits  – plan your time with us

Bookings for group visits are welcome by prior arrangement.  In addition to self guided groups, we offer:

  • An introductory talk on arrival in our courtyard. This gives you a brief history of the museum, William Cowper and John Newton.
  • A full guided tour of our fascinating museum and/or beautiful, tranquil gardens (approx 90 minutes)

Why not combine your Museum visit with a Guided Tour of the town of Olney?  (Contact the Museum for more information on availability & prices)

We are able to provide tea, coffee and biscuits by arrangement.

ADVANCE NOTIFICATION: Lace Room closure for exciting redevelopment: From September 15th 2019 until the end of 2020. If your group would like to see our lace collection, with a few weeks prior notice we can bring some examples out of storage. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. (Trustees of the Cowper & Newton Museum).

For further information please download a 2020 booking form HERE.

Prepayment for groups is requested.


Group Talks

We have a range of talks we can give to your clubs & societies. Here are a a few to get you started – but it is well worth having a chat with us as we are always developing new talks.  Please request a Group Booking form for talk fees etc, from

Cowper Curiosities and Connections
Scandalous Georgians
The History of Olney
The Cowper & Newton Museum
Olney – a Landscape History
The Slave Trade and Abolition

Our Building – accessibility

We are a Georgian town house consisting of 4 floors; these are broken up by flights of 6 steps and half landings. Each floor has plenty of chairs for visitors to sit on.

The Shop, Courtyard, Gardens and Viper Barn are accessible by wheelchair.  Our Viper Barn has interactive AV equipment for your enjoyment.

The earliest known photograph of a group visit by members of Wolverton Wesleyan Chapel to William Cowper’s Summer House, circa 1900. Photograph by Jonathan Knight, formerly of Olney.



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