List of museums in Gloucestershire

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This list of museums in Gloucestershire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City Region Type Summary
Acton Court 125px Iron Acton South Gloucestershire Historic house Conserved Tudor house built for the pleasure of Henry VIII, gardens and grounds
Berkeley Castle 125px Berkeley South Gloucestershire Historic house Medieval castle, gardens, butterfly house
Blackfriars Gloucester Gloucester Historic house Operated by English Heritage, medieval friary later converted into a Tudor house and cloth factory
Chavenage House 125px Tetbury Cotswold Historic house Elizabethan manor house
Chedworth Roman Villa 125px Chedworth Cheltenham Archaeology Operated by the National Trust, artifacts and remains of a large Roman villa
Clearwell Caves 125px Clearwell Forest of Dean Mining Former iron ore mine
Coleford Great Western Railway Museum Coleford Forest of Dean Railway Includes a former goods shed, a GWR signal box, miniature railway, locomotive
Corinium Museum Cirencester Cotswold Archaeology Artifacts found locally from Roman Britain, Neolithic and Victorian eras
Cotswold Motoring Museum 125px Bourton-on-the-Water Cotswold Transportation Cars, motorcycles, bicycles, caravans and motoring memorabilia of the twentieth century, also toy collection
Court Barn Chipping Campden Cotswold Art website, craft and design, including contemporary crafts and Arts and Crafts movement pieces
Dean Forest Railway 1450 & Autocoach at Norchard.jpg Norchard Forest of Dean Railway Heritage railway and museum at Norchard railway station
Dean Heritage Centre 125px Soudley Forest of Dean Local Local history, trades, industry
Dr. Jenner’s House 125px Berkeley South Gloucestershire Historic house Home of Edward Jenner, the originator of vaccination
Dunkirk Mill Nailsworth South Gloucestershire Industry website, operated by the Stroudwater Textile Trust, former textile mill with massive working water wheel and other machinery
Dursley Heritage Centre Dursley Stroud Local website, local history, culture, operated by Dursley Town Trust
Dyrham Park Dyrham Park house 2.jpg Dyrham South Gloucestershire Historic house Operated by the National Trust, Baroque mansion with Dutch paintings, furniture and decorative arts, gardens and grounds
Frenchay Village Museum Frenchay South Gloucestershire Local website, history of the non-conformist Quakers and Unitarians who founded the village
Gardens Gallery Cheltenham Cheltenham Art website, community art gallery
Gigg Mill Nailsworth South Gloucestershire Industry website, operated by the Stroudwater Textile Trust, textile weaving shed demonstrating changing technologies from a simple handloom to flying shuttle to power loom
Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery Gloucester Gloucester Multiple Local history, archaeology, fine and decorative arts, natural history, Roman and Mediaeval displays, dinosaurs
Gloucester Folk Museum 125px Gloucester Gloucester Multiple Crafts, trades, industries, toys, household items, model trains, appliances, period classroom, dairy, wheelwright, carpenter and ironmonger's shops,
Gloucester Waterways Museum 125px Gloucester Gloucester Transportation History of area canals, canal boats, equipment, natural history
Hailes Abbey 125px Winchcombe Tewkesbury Religious Operated by the National Trust, ruins of a 13th-century Cistercian abbey, excavated artifacts
Holst Birthplace Museum Cheltenham Cheltenham Historic house website, birthplace of composer Gustav Holst, his life and works
Hopewell Colliery Museum Soudley Forest of Dean Mining website, former coal mine
Jet Age Museum Staverton Tewkesbury Aviation Restored historic aircraft, aero engines, cockpits and other related exhibits, area history in the development of jet engines
John Moore Museum Tewkesbury Tewkesbury Natural history website, mammals and birds of the local countryside, museum named after conservationist John Moore
Keith Harding's World of Mechanical Music Northleach Cheltenham Music website, antique music boxes, automata and mechanical musical instruments in a 17th-century wool merchant's house
Kingswood Heritage Museum Kingswood South Gloucestershire Local website, local history, culture, industry, religion
Lydney Park Lydney Forest of Dean Multiple 17th-century country estate with Roman temple complex and artifacts, gardens
Merchant's House Tewkesbury Tewkesbury Historic house website, 15th century Tudor house by Tewkesbury Abbey
Museum in the Park Stroud Stroud Local Local history, archaeology, art exhibits, culture
Nature in Art 125px Gloucester Gloucester Art Art inspired by nature in all forms, styles and media
Newark Park 125px Ozleworth Cotswold Historic house Operated by the National Trust, Tudor country house reflecting over 450 years of inhabitants, gardens
Owlpen Manor 125px Owlpen Stroud Historic house Manor house reflecting medieval, Tudor and 18th century periods, and Arts and Crafts movement restorations, gardens
Prema Uley Stroud Art website, arts centre
Rodmarton Manor Cirencester Cotswold Historic house Early 20th-century house with interior, decorations and furniture built house built according to Arts and Crafts movement ideals
Sezincote House Sezincote House.jpg Moreton-in-Marsh Cotswold Historic house 19th-century reinterpretation of 16th and 17th-century Mughal architecture, gardens
Snowshill Manor 125px Snowshill Cotswold Historic house Operated by the National Trust, features eclectic collection over 22,00 items including paintings, sculpture, toys, Japanese armor and swords, costumes, musical instruments, butter stamps, cow bell, locks, bicycles and more
Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum 125px Gloucester Gloucester Military History of the Gloucestershire Regiment and the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars
St. Mary's Mill Chalford South Gloucestershire Industry website, operated by the Stroudwater Textile Trust, c.1820 mill with a large waterwheel and a steam engine
Stanway House 125px Stanway Tewkesbury Historic house Jacobean manor house, 18th century water garden
Sudeley Castle 125px Winchcombe Tewkesbury Historic house Elizabethan castle, ruins, 10 gardens, exhibits of Queen Katherine Parr, textiles, Victorian memorabilia, adventure playground
Tailor of Gloucester Beatrix Potter Museum and Shop Gloucester Gloucester Media website, located in the original building used by author Beatrix Potter in her story The Tailor of Gloucester
Tetbury Police Museum Tetbury Cotswold Law enforcement website, Victorian police station and courtroom, history of the Gloucestershire Constabulary, collection of restraint equipment
Tewkesbury Borough Museum Tewkesbury Tewkesbury Local Local history, archaeology, culture, 1950s model fair
Tewkesbury Heritage Centre Tewkesbury Tewkesbury Local 17th century period glovemaker's shop and period local history exhibits
Thornbury and District Museum Thornbury South Gloucestershire Local website, local history, culture, archaeology
Wellington Aviation Museum 125px Moreton-in-Marsh Cotswold Military website, history and artifacts from RAF Moreton-in-Marsh
The Wilson Cheltenham Cheltenham Multiple Art, decorative arts, local history, archaeology, ethnographic artifacts from Africa and Asia
Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum Winchcombe Tewkesbury Multiple website, local history, culture, police uniforms, equipment and artifacts
Woodchester Mansion Woodchester Mansion.jpg Woodchester Stroud Historic house Unfinished 19th-century Gothic revival mansion house
Wotton-under-Edge Heritage Centre Wotton-under-Edge Stroud Local website, local history, industries and crafts, culture
Yate Heritage Centre Yate South Gloucestershire Local website, local history, culture

Defunct museums

  • Bristol Aero Collection, website, currently closed, new Bristol Aerospace Center being planned for Filton, to include a Concorde supersonic passenger airliner
  • Castle Combe Museum, Castle Combe, closed in 2012 and seeking new home[1][2]
  • Cinderbury Iron Age Experience, Clearwell[3]
  • Park House Toy Collectors Museum, Stow-on-the-Wold, closed in 2011[4]
  • Shambles Victorian Village,[5] Newent

See also


  1. "Castle Combe Museum". Castle Combe Village Website. Retrieved 13 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Lifeline for Castle Combe Museum?". Gazette Herald. July 19, 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Contact Us". Cinderbury Iron Age Experience. Retrieved 14 March 2015. Cinderbury was an Iron Age Village Attraction Centre<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Gloucestershire toy museum sells stock at auction". BBC News Gloucestershire. September 29, 2011. Retrieved 14 March 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Ideas for Kids, "The Shambles Victorian Village (now closed)"