Gloucester Life Museum

gloucester folk museum
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Museum displays on three floors of three half-timbered buildings of c.1500-1650 plus new extensions at the rear of the site - Dairy, ironmonger's shop, wheelwright and carpenter workshops.
Gloucester Folk Museum won an MGM2000 award for audience development and innovative marketing with its African-Caribbean Memory Day project.
The Museum is fully registered with the Museums & Galleries Commission and is a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Open all year
Tues - Sat 1000-1700

Admission charges

Entry to the shop – FREE

Adult - £5.00
Concessions (children, over 60s, students, any receiving benefits) - £3.00
Family (2 adults and 5 children) - £12.00

Adult - £7.50
Concessions (children, over 60s, students, any receiving benefits) - £4.00
Family (2 adults and 5 children) - £15.00


  • British Association of Friends of Museums
  • English Heritage
  • Museums Association
  • National Trust

Additional info

Access to reserve collections by arrangement.
Some collections information and images on public access computers; further to be made available through 'Living Gloucester' digitisation project.

Collections cover the social history, trades, crafts and industries from the City & County of Gloucester from the mid-16th.century to the present.
The collections are of regional importance and currently in progress is a NOF-funded project for the digitisation of the collections along with images and information.
The top floor of the museum along with a building at the rear was used for making brass pins by hand during the 18th.and 19th.centuries.
There are regular special exhibitions and events.

Collection details

Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Medicine, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • The timber-framed buildings and wall paintings.
  • Re-construction of Victorian school room, shoemaker's shop,ironmonger's shop, wheelwright and carpenter workshops.
  • Childhood and Toys gallery with play-house and interactive material.
  • Fishing on the River Severn gallery.
  • Galleries on dairy and arable farming in Gloucestershire.
  • Washing, ironing and domestic life in general.
  • Horn,treen, glass and pewter.
Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Saturday Make and Take

Drop into Gloucester Folk Museum for their Saturday Make and Take sessions. Enjoy free art and craft activities for all the family 11.00-15.00.

How to obtain

All activities are free and there is no need to book in advance, but children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Contact the museum on or call 01452 396868 for more details.

Gloucester Life Museum
99-103 Westgate Street

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Main Email address for both Gloucester Museums

Culture, Leisure and Learning


General information

01452 396868

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