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99-103 Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2PG
Tel: 01452 396868

About Gloucester Folk Museum

Gloucester Folk Museum is one of the oldest-established museums dedicated to social history. The collections have been drawn together through mainly gifts from the entire county of Gloucestershire, and represent one of the most fascinating collections of such material.

From treen (small wooden items), to the intriguing story of the river Severn fisheries, from historic costume to the life of the dairy; from the reconstructed Victorian classroom to the original pin factory - all of these plus hundreds of other elements of our local history are to be found here.

Set in Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Folk Museum is a complex of rooms on different levels and with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors. Behind the chocolate-box facade is a museum which is both larger than seems possible, and constantly surprising. No visit to Gloucestershire is complete without seeing the treasures and curiosities on display here.

Exhibitions, Events & Activities

A wide range of exhibitions, hands-on activities, events, demonstrations and role play sessions are held throughout the year. There is an attractive cottage garden and a courtyard area for events, often with live animals, and outside games.

Something for everyone

Local history, domestic life, crafts, trades and industries from c.1500 to the present, including a Toys and Childhood gallery with hands-on toys and a puppet theatre, the Siege of Gloucester, domestic life, The Retro Room with 1950's kitchen and much more.

Special Exhibitions for 2015

Until 13 June 2015: What did you do in the Great War, Gloucester?’, Exhibition
Most people are familiar with life in the trenches and the battlefields of the First World War, but what was life like for those left behind on the homefront?  This exhibition explores Gloucester during the Great War and examines the sacrifices, duties, jobs and social changes that the war brought about for those left behind.

27th June – 1st November: ‘100 Years of the W.I.’
So much more than baking and jam, members of the Gloucestershire Women's Institutes have come together to showcase the skills and crafts they have learnt as well as explore the fascinating story and achievements of our largest women's voluntary organisation.

Folk Museum Trails

Try a different trail each month to discover something new about the displays at the Folk Museum, international events and celebrations or History in general.

January : Welcome to 2015 the international Year of Light
February:  Celebrating the Chinese year of the Sheep
March:  Focus on Fashion
April: Toys and Games
May:  Let’s explore the Folk Garden
June:  Nature all around us

Available 10am – 4pm each day we are open.

Gloucester Museum Detectives Club
A fun and fascinating club for children aged 5-11 years. Each session will be packed full of activities, crafts, stories and trails  – tailored to the age of the children.  The children will also get to see and handle items from the Museum’s own collections.  Perfect way to spend a Saturday morning!
: 31 January, 28 February, 28 March, 25 April, 30 May, 27 June
Children aged 5-7 years – 10.30am-12pm; 8-11 years – 1pm-2.30pm

£5 per child.  Tickets available to purchase online or from the Museum. Parents of younger children will need to remain on-site whilst their children are attending the club.

Gloucester Folk Museum Admission Information

Every Saturday from 10am - 3pm, and Monday - Saturdays throughout every Gloucestershire school holidays (except the Christmas break).
October half term - Monday - Saturday 10am - 4pm

Admission Charges

  • Entry to the shops and cafes: FREE

  • Adults: £5.00
Concessions: £3.00

  • Family (2 adults 5 children): £12.00

Concessions include: Adults over 60, Children between 5 and 17, Students, persons in receipt of benefits.
Visitors with disabilities – one companion for free.

Admission prices include re-admission to both the City Museum and Folk Museum for an entire year after entry!

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