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Gloucester Life Museum

Gloucester Life Museum located in Westgate Street, Gloucester
Gloucester Life Museum located in Westgate Street, Gloucester

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

  • Adult – Day Ticket – £5.00
  • Adult – Annual Museum Membership – £7.50
  • Concession – Day Ticket – £3.00
  • Concession – Annual Museum Membership – £4.00
  • Family – Day Ticket – £12.00
  • Family – Annual Museum Membership – £15.00
  • Children under 5 – Free admission

Please note that all of the above prices cover both museums; so any day ticket will grant access to both the Museum of Gloucester as well as the Gloucester Life Museum for the duration of that day and any annual membership will be for both museums as well.

There is also the option of purchasing a City-wide Museum Pass which covers entry to both museums in addition to the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum and the National Waterways Museum. This pass is valid for one year and is priced at £10.00 per adult or £20.00 for a family.

The Concessionary rate will apply to Students, Children aged 5-17, people aged over 60 and benefits claimants.

The family rates will apply to groups consisting of two adults and up to three children aged 5-17.

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