A boy in a yellow t-shirt looks into a steel helmet

Hands On

Ever fancied handling a 15th-century pollaxe or a Civil War musket?

Our special handling sessions let you get up close to weapons and armour from the collection. You might even get the chance to try on a Tudor helmet or wield a medieval sword.

Price:

Free

Times

Daily sessions in the galleries

Check the daily What’s On guide on arrival at the Museum for details.

Did you know?

Thunder birds are go!

Artillery pieces before about 1700 were often classified by names. A rare type of very big gun was known as a basilisk, a more common long powerful gun was known as a culverin while smaller versions were named after birds of prey such as saker and falcon.