Visit Us!


Following careful consideration, we have taken the decision to close the Museum, Gardens & Shop 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.  The situation will be monitored and we will open as soon as possible.

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.


We open from February 18th until December 18th 2020

Tuesday – Saturday:  10.30 – 16.30

Closed Sunday, Monday & Good Friday

Visit our ‘What’s On’ page for special Sunday &  Monday openings

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).


Admission Prices – Individual/ Groups of less than 10

House & Garden – admission £7.50  INCLUDES an annual admission pass giving you unlimited returns for a year/ *accompanied children 0-15 yrs FREE

Garden only – admission £3.50

Admission Prices – Groups

Group visits (10 people and more)  £6.50 per person self-guided (annual admission pass/ 2for1 not included)

Tour guide:  Extra £25 (to be booked in advance of your visit)

Group booking form can be downloaded from HERE

Admission Prices – School Groups

School/Children’s Educational Group Visits.  Please visit our Learning page for more information on our educational offer)

   Please note that the Annual Pass may not be valid for all areas of the Museum and Gardens on some Special Event Days (e.g. National Garden Scheme weekend in June).   See Events page for more information.

We also participate in the schemes below.

Campaign to Protect Rural England

Art Fund

Gardeners World

Museums Association

The Happy Egg Co

Milton Keynes Short Break Vouchers


The House has limited access for wheelchair users but the Viper Barn & Gardens are accessible.  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 & videos about the museum are available to watch in the Reception area & Viper Barn.

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.


Our address is:  The Cowper & Newton Museum,  Market Street, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ.  We are located in the historic hub of Olney, facing the Market Place.

You can visit the Get Smarter Travel MK website to plan your route to the museum by walking, cycling, public transport or car

Car Parking:

There is ample free parking in Olney but make sure you check the time limit on your location.  Follow this link to take you to a map showing parking in Olney on the Olney Town Council website.

Please note that there is no parking on the Market Place carpark on Thursdays and the first Sunday of each month as this is when there is still a market held in Olney.

By Bus:

From Milton Keynes Central Station or City Centre:  The nearest bus stop is adjacent to, or opposite, The Bull Hotel on the Market Place. For bus timetables check Route 21 on the following  link: Milton Keynes Highways and Transport Hub web page

From Bedford and Northampton:  Again, the nearest bus stop is adjacent to, or opposite, The Bull Hotel on the Market Place. For bus timetables check  Route 41 on the following link: Number 41 Bus Route & Timetable: Bedford – Northampton