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?

The best ideas are simple

What do the Jennings rifle, the Winchester 73 rifle, the Maxim machine gun and the Luger pistol have in common? – they all use the same basic toggle mechanism to lock the breech and operate in the same way as a knee or elbow joint.