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Tewkesbury Museum battle diorama

Experience the heat of battle!

Stand in awe and fascination at the Battle of Tewkesbury diorama! Built in 1971 to mark the 500th anniversary of the battle, see 2,000 figures locked in medieval combat. See more . . .

Opening Hours

Summer opening (April – October inc.)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday
11.00am – 4.00pm
Tuesday – Friday
1.00pm – 4.00pm

Entry to the exhibitions is free, but all our running costs are funded by your kind donations

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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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7 hours ago

Museum talks Spring term ended on a high note last night with John Reid (ex Cleeve School) recalling the Golden Age of Children's Comics. All the greats, from the text-heavy pre-war Hotspur to the multicolour Beano and Bunty, before the disastrous decline of the 1970s and 80s. This concluded the Museum's come back season, having lost two years to Covid. This year we have had a real mix of speakers and topics. Thanks to all our speakers, to museum volunteers who made it possible and to TBC for a small Covid Community grant which allowed us to take the financial risk of having to close at short notice. We will be back on Tuesday October 4th for a short season of 4 talks, when we welcome Kirsty Bingham of John Moore Museum to talk on "Hidden Voices: Women in Tudor & Stuart England". ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Another chance to join Steve Goodchild for a stroll round the alleys. Now on Wednesday evening.Alley Strolls now on Wednesday evening, not Sunday afternoon. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Final talk for the spring, so a suitable end of term treat, with the Bash St Kids! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Get ready for Medfest. - or a fancy dress party - with a medieval costume. Tewkesbury Museum is back in the costume business after lockdowns. Our range of costumes will be on display, and available to try, at the Town Hall this Saturday.Or contact museum to arrange to see the catalogue at other times. Most costumes are female, but we have some male too. So, hire that gown and party like it's 1471! ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Museum at 60 & The Story of Stitch StoryTewkesbury Museum was officially opened on 11 May 1962, and this year is the 60th anniversary. So we thought we would have a small event to mark the occasion. At the same time, the greater history of Tewkesbury is being recalled and recorded in thread, the Stitch Story Embroidery, which is nearing completion. So, why not combine the two.At the museum talk on Tuesday, 3 May, we will have a short talk tracing the museum’s sometime turbulent history, and a longer session looking at the story of Stitch Story. How it came about, what it has achieved, and what we can learn about Tewkesbury’s history from the embroidery. Jo Teague, the lead artist, will be our main speaker, and there will be a chance to view and add stitches to, some of the Stitch Story panels. Come along, all welcome. Trinity Church hall 7 PM. Entry £3, including tea, coffee and cakes. ... See MoreSee Less
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