Museum of Gloucester

Museum of Gloucester
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Found within the city of Gloucester is an internationally important collection of treasures of nearly one million objects. The Museum of Gloucester tells the story of the city’s origins as a Roman settlement and its subsequent development through the Dark Ages and Medieval period to the present day.

This fine Victorian building also has a significant collection of art, including paintings by Richard Wilson, Thomas Gainsborough, John Atkinson Grimshaw and Thomas Dibdin. The Archaeology collection includes the world famous Birdlip mirror, impressive Roman tombstones and the Gloucester Tables Set, the oldest complete backgammon set in the world.

The museum has ever-changing exhibitions and events, so keep your eye open for these and much much more...

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Opening times are 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday

Admission charges

Admission to the museum, cafe and shop is FREE! (Some exhibition will incur a charge).


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Activity stations throughout the galleries
Events and exhibitions throughout the year
Special activities during school holidays
Lunchtime lecture series

Treasures from all over Gloucestershire reveal the county's early history - dinosaur bones and diorama; life of early man; the beautiful Bronze age Birdlip Mirror; life and death in Roman Gloucestershire; the amazing Gloucester Tables Set (early backgammon) and an intricate Mediaeval closing ring from a local church.
Discover beautiful antique furniture, clocks and decorative arts and paintings by well known artists such as Turner and Gainsbough. (Art gallery is occasionally closed for use for temporary exhibitions.)
An exciting range of events and activities take place all year, with a wide range of temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences

Key artists and exhibits

  • Wilson;
  • Gainsborough;
  • Turner;
  • Atkinson Grimshaw;
  • Birdlip Mirror;
  • Gloucester Tableset;
  • Plesiosaur;
  • Rufus Sita tombstone;
  • Hornsleasow Jurassic fossils
  • Barometers;
  • Steeple cup;
  • Corsley silver;
  • Bon Marche Head;
  • St Nicholas' closing ring;
  • Massinger flagon;
  • Wickwar maces;
  • Limoges crosier;
  • Lugg lantern clock;
  • Simmons cart hourses;
  • Newnham sword;
  • Roman altars;
  • Antifix
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Moon | Museum of Gloucester

The Moon

  • 29 June — 21 September 2019 *on now

Get a little closer to our nearest neighbour...

Coming Saturday June 29th to Saturday September 21st 2019.

Keep in touch with The Museum of Gloucester for more details...

Suitable for

  • Any age




Museum of Gloucester
Brunswick Road


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01452 396131


01452 410898

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