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Model Fairground Opens 10th August

Tewkesbury Museum is delighted to announce that its model fairground has been completely renovated and made to work again after more than fifty years.

All the fun of the fair!

Pete Aldridge, our Town Mayor, visits Tewkesbury’s Museum’s new model fairground exhibit.

See a video clip of the fairground models

Closed Due To Lockdown

Tewkesbury Museum winter opening hours start from 12/10/20 

Booking will ensure you get the time slot you want, but walk-up visitors are welcome if the slot is free

Opening Hours
Saturdays, Sundays, & Mondays from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

click here to book . . .

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You are welcome to spend time in the wonderful unspoiled seventeenth century building that is Tewkesbury Museum. Discover Tewkesbury’s rich and diverse history through a collection which ranges from Roman remains through to wartime austerity. Learn about notable Tewkesbury people like Antarctic explorer Raymond Priestley. Study the magnificent diorama of the Battle of Tewkesbury and the unique fairground model.

museum-building-small-IMG_2060The building itself is a time capsule. Restored by Abbey restorer Thomas Collins in the nineteenth century and donated to the town as a Museum by an ‘anonymous gentleman’ in the twentieth, it is unique, full of original features, eclectic and eccentric.

The Museum is very child-friendly, with activities to keep them absorbed for hours.

As a small independent museum we offer local knowledge, local research and a fascinating glimpse into times gone by.

We’re often open outside our core hours; it’s worth a look to see if we are open.

We also do our best to open for individuals or groups outside these hours, by special arrangement.

Allow at least an hour for a visit


Because of its age the building is not disabled-friendly, though the staff are and will do everything they can to help.
The Museum is domestic in feel with narrow corridors and steep uneven stairs with some trip hazards.
The stairs make it impossible for wheelchairs and difficult for people with walking difficulties. Unpowered wheelchairs may be able (if accompanied by assistance) to negotiate a single step to get into the ground floor fairground exhibit room.
There is no lift or accessible toilet.
The Museum has plans to improve accessibility and we are making progress towards raising the funds required to do this.

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2 weeks ago

Tewkesbury is now in COVID Tier 4 and the museum is not allowed to open to visitors. We have no idea when we will re-open. In the meantime, we will post news on our Facebook page and website.One thing that history tells us: nothing lasts forever and the pandemic will end. We look forward to that day. Until then, on behalf of the Trustees and volunteers of Tewkesbury Museum, we wish everyone; visitors, residents, people we have yet to meet, a safer and happier New Year. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Probably goes without saying, but just to confirm, the Museum will NOT be able to host Santa and his grotto this year. We are unable to find a way of doing so safely. We know that it is a firm favourite and many families come year after year, and sincerely hope to welcome Santa and all of his visitors, young and old, back again in 2021. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Tewkesbury Museum is now closed to the public for the duration of the lockdown. Since we re-opened in August, with COVID precautions in place, we have had over 1,400 visitors. We hope that they enjoyed their time with us, and left with a positive view of Tewkesbury; many have said they will return when circumstances allow. Our thanks go to the volunteers who worked so hard in difficult times to keep us going.This year the museum completed the refurbishment of the model fairground. Our next major project is now underway: the revamp of the Battle of Tewkesbury display in time for the 550th anniversary next year. Something to look forward too. We will keep everyone informed of any developments, including plans to re-open, when we have any news. Best wishes to all our visitors and supporters, stay safe. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

It's Back In time for half term The Legendary Museum Mouse Hunt. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

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