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?

World's biggest bore!

The largest bore gun ever built, fired a 3 feet diameter cast iron ball weighing around 1 tonne, containing 215kg (400lbs) of gunpowder to a range of 2.4 kilometres (1.5 miles). It was designed by Robert Mallett and is on display at Fort Nelson.