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Tewkesbury Museum closure

Tewkesbury Museum Closure

Tewkesbury Museum will be closed from Monday 18th September for extensive renovation work to our building.
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Opening Hours


Tewkesbury Museum will be closed from Monday 18th September for extensive renovation work to our building . . . read more

Our pop-up museum at the Town Hall, including guided tours of the Council Chamber,  is open from noon to 3pm every day except:

  • We’re closed on Wednesdays until further notice and on Friday 1/3
  • We’re only open every other Sunday, i.e. we’re closed 25/2, 10/3 etc and open 3/3, 17/3 etc.

Please call in. Includes guided tours of the council chamber and former police cells.

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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


Access is difficult for visitors with mobility issues, for further access information click here

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1 week ago

For the next museum talk, we follow Henry VIII on his progress through Gloucestershire, including a visit to Tewkesbury. The progress, a long, slow tour of inspection, allows the people to see, love, and fear, their king. And for Henry to display his power to the nobility and church. With him is Queen Anne Boleyn, still to provide a male heir, and Thomas Cromwell. the ruthless commoner who had risen to become second only to Henry himself. The background, the reformation. You may recognise this as the setting for Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Work is still ongoing at the museum. Sorry we cannot take people on tour but progress is being made. To explain what we are doing, and why, we have created a small display at Tewkesbury Library to tell the story of the building renovation and to look at options for its future internal layout and discussion of what should be on display. All suggestions welcome. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Update on Building Work at 21 January 2024Good news - the building work is proceeding to plan and is being carried out to very high standards! Work on the roof should be complete by the end of January and the scaffolding will be removed in the first half of February. All works in the original plan should be completed by the end of March, and then a major additional piece of work will be carried out in April/May – see below. We expect to regain possession of the building at some point in April, and will then be able to give visitors guided tours of most of the building.The major additional piece of work is the removal of the rear staircase. This will give us a bigger room at the rear of the ground floor which we can use for temporary displays and meetings, and an enlarged store on the first floor where, one day, we intend to move our office furniture and equipment. Crucially, when we manage to get a (very large) grant for other aspects of our improvements, the disruption and length of time we will have to close will be greatly reduced. ... See MoreSee Less
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