history museums in Gloucestershire & The Forest of Dean
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Gloucestershire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Gloucestershire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Gloucestershire Museums and Galleries

blank tabGLOUCESTER FOLK MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester, GL1 2PG
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A fascinating look at the social history, crafts, trades and industries of the City and County of Gloucester from 16th century maces to 'groovy gadgets' of the 20th century! There's a regular programme of exhibitions and wide range of schools workshops, special events, holiday activities and various demonstrations. A registered museum, and quality assured visitor attraction won a MGM award for audience development. Located over three floors in some of Gloucesters oldest existing timber-framed buildings (a Tudor merchant's house and 17th century town house, where recent developments include a NOF-funded project for the digitisation of collections and 'The Portal' interactive gallery. Additions to the museum include a diary, an ironmonger's shop, wheelwright and carpenter workshops, whilst the garden has a relaxing water feature for hot summer days. Free Admission.
Tel: 01452 396868
E-mail: museums@gloucester.gov.uk
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blank tabGLOUCESTER CITY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Brunswick Road, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL1 1HP
Open to the public after recent refurbishments, Gloucester City Museum offers a choice of exhibitions with interactive experiences exploring the unique history Gloucestershire and the Cotswolds region.

Part of the development is the all new Cafe Nerva, where you can take a break fro exploring the museum to enjoy a light lunch, hot and cold refreshments and tempting cakes.

Our education and conference facilities are also entirely new and updated!

Open from Tuesday through to Saturday, 10am to 4pm all year round. We look forward to seeing at the museum soon!
Tel: +44 (0)1452 396131
E-mail: museums@gloucester.gov.uk
Book online or find more info - GLOUCESTER CITY MUSEUM

42 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5SN
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A Countryside Collection displayed to honour the prophetic writings on nature conservation of the late John Moore, a local writer and naturalist.

A museum for those who care about the countryside and the creatures which live in it. The museum is housed in an historic 15th century timber-framed building, part of a row of restored medieval merchant's cottages.

Live wild mammal and bird events held throughout the year. The Merchants House is beautifully restored to show the construction of a late medieval shop and home.

Please note, the museum is not suitable for wheelchair users or people with walking difficulties.
Tel: 01684 2971744
E-mail: curator@johnmooremuseum.org
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Cannop Hill, Speech House Road, Coleford, Glos.
A True 'Free Mine' in the heart of the Forest. Regular guided underground tours, allowing visitors to walk through the mine workings to see the conditions in which the miners work. Have the methods used to extract the coal explained to them by a true Forest of Dean Free Miner.

Parties exit the mine workings by the beautifully engineered old furnace level erected in the 1820's. There is a short stroll through the Forest along the course of an early tram road, back to the museum and cafeteria.

Other facilities: Large free car park. Free admission to cafeteria, shop, surface museum and picnic rides. Disabled visitors should telephone in advance.
Establishment Disabled FacilitiesTel: 01594 810706
Book online or find more info - HOPEWELL COLLIERY MINING MUSEUM

blank tabHOLST BIRTHPLACE MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2AY

Discover the life and music of the composer of ''The Planets'' and explore the upstairs-downstairs life of a Victorian household. Request a leaflet or view our website for special events held throughout the year. We also have a specialist shop for Holst recordings and Victorian style toys. Guided tours for groups by prior arrangement.
Tel: 01242 524846
E-mail: holstmuseum@btconnect.com
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The Old Railway Station, Railway Drive, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8RH

The Great Western Railway Heritage Museum is housed in one of the last remaining permanent railway buildings in the Forest of Dean, on the original site of Coleford Railway Yard. It is the original GWR Goods Station of 1883 with working GWR signal box. The Museum features a 7 1/4 gauge Miniature Passenger Electric Loco. Miniature Steam Loco rides some Bank Holidays.
Tel: 01594 833569 or 01594 832032    Fax: 01594 832032

blank tabCORINIUM MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Park Street, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 2BX
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Award-winning museum, featuring one of the finest collections of antiquities from Roman Britain.

Full-scale reconstructions of a dining room, a kitchen and garden give a good idea of everyday life in Roman Cirencester.

Also displays on the Cotswolds from Prehistory to Medieval times. Roman military galleries and Corinium Museum Shop. Jacks cafe is adjacent to the museum, fully licensed serving lunches, beverages and homemade cakes.

Special exhibitions.
Tel: 01285 655611
E-mail: museums@cotswold.gov.uk
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blank tabTEWKESBURY MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
64 Barton Street, Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 5PX

Exhibits describing the social history of Tewkesbury and surrounding area, housed in attractive half-timbered building. Large scale model of Battle of Tewkesbury. Archaeological collection and history archive. Come and visit our new Gallery and model fairground.
Tel: 01684 292901
E-mail: info@tewkesburymuseum.org
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Hailes Abbey

Hailes, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5PB
Tel: 01242 602398     E-mail: customers@english-heritage.org.uk

Hailes Abbey Ruins Photo © Neil Hanson
Hailes Abbey Ruins  -
Photo: Neil Hanson CCL


13th-century Cistercian abbey.

Founded in 1246 and once a celebrated pilgrimage site, the abbey now lies in ruins.

Remains of the dramatic cloister arches survive and there is a small museum.

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