Powell Cotton Museum

Welcome to one of the UK's most fascinating visitor attractions, the home of the Powell-Cotton family and their extraordinary collection of treasures.

Whether you are looking for a family day out or a quiet stroll in beautiful surroundings, we look forward to welcoming you to Quex.

"An exquisite, high class endeavour, unique in its quality, value and sense of the essentials of the period it covers.  A national - and wider - treasure."

The Powell-Cotton Museum at Quex Park was established in 1896 by Major Percy Horace Gordon Powell-Cotton (1866-1940) to house natural history specimens and cultural objects collected on expeditions to Asia and Africa.

Major Powell-Cotton was a pioneer in the use of the diorama to display mounted mammals in representations of their natural habitats. The Powell-Cotton Museum natural history dioramas are outstanding examples, unique to the UK, stunning for their size, quality and imagery. Today they still excite the imagination of young and old alike.

The world-class natural history and ethnographical collections at the Museum support the study, understanding and simple enjoyment of the zoological, cultural and ecological diversity of Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

Further galleries in the Museum contain local archaeology as well as textiles, weaponry and a range of ceramics, jade and ivory from Europe, China and Japan assembled by six generations of the Powell-Cotton family.  In the afternoons several rooms in Quex House are open.

"A lovely days outing with so much diversity in the museum, house and gardens.  Loved the fresh flowers in the rooms..."

The 15th-century Quex Estate was purchased by the financier John Powell in 1777 and the Regency period Quex House was completed by his nephew in 1813. The house was remodelled and extended in the late 19th century.  The beautiful 15 acre gardens to be seen today were developed in Victorian times.

The Museum at Quex had its origins in a pavilion built in the garden in 1896 to house the growing collection of trophies gathered by the young Percy Powell-Cotton on a series of amazing trips to the wildest areas of northern India and Tibet.

Although a hunter and collector all his life, from the beginning Percy was also interested in the people of the countries he travelled in and he brought back examples of a wide range of material that illustrates their lives and cultures.

Many subsequent trips to Africa added to the collections and, inspired by his lifetime of travel and adventure, Major Powell-Cotton created a unique Museum to reflect the experiences of his travels and show the world to people at home in England.

Following the death of Major Powell-Cotton in 1940, his son Christopher constructed additional galleries to display the family collections of archaeology, ceramics and weaponry. These galleries link physically with the ground floor suite of rooms in Quex House. The Museum now comprises eight galleries displaying many significant and world-class objects, many equal in importance to those held in national collections.

The Museum is fully accessible to wheelchair users.

Powell-Cotton Museum
Quex House & Gardens
Quex Park

Tel: +44 (0) 1843 842168


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Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015