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About Gloucester Life Museum

Gloucester Life 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 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.


Life 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.


Gloucester Life 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 Museum of Gloucester and Life Museum for an entire year after entry!

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