A hidden gem in Milton Keynes, the museum is the former home of poet William Cowper.
Despite periods of severe depression, Cowper’s 18 years in Olney and eight at Weston Underwood were marked by his great literary achievements as poet, hymn-writer, letter-writer and translator.
The collections are diverse and interesting, ranging from the belongings of Cowper and his friend, the ex-slave trader John Newton (author of Amazing Grace), to local history items, portraits and an extensive lace collection.
The museum also houses the Three Hares Gallery where changing displays of art in a range of media – such as oils, pastels, watercolours, photographs, textiles and stitchwork – are shown.
Cowper and Newton Museum
Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ
01234 711 516
Feb – Nov Tue – Sat, 10.30am – 4.30pm Dec Tue – Sat, 10.30am – 3pm
50% off entry with National Art Pass
50% off exhibitions with National Art Pass