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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 . . .

We Need You!

If you have some time to spare and would like to help us run the museum, please get in touch.

To find out more about trustees click here, to find out more about volunteering click here

Opening Hours

Winter opening (November – March inc.)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday
11.00am – 3.00pm
Tuesday – Friday
12.00am – 3.00pm

Warning:  these are our planned opening hours; the actual ones depend on the availability of our volunteers, so it’s possible we’ll be closed on some of these days.  If the front door is open and there’s a white board outside, we’re open!

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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1 week ago

BOOKING STILL OPEN, BUT TO AVOID DISAPPONTMENT PLEASE BOOK AS SOON AS YOU CAN. 25 November. Getting closer! Tewkesbury Museum is getting ready for Father Christmas. For the first time since 2019 (remember back then?) we are please to welcome children to visit father Christmas in the museum. The decorations are being sorted, the tree is ordered, presents will be wrapped. Every child will receive a gift. Booking is essential. To book, contact the museum by email, phone or call in. There are a limited number of spaces to allow every child to have a chance to talk to Father Christmas. The museum will be closed to the general public on the two Saturdays, 10 & 17 December. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

A strange tale of class, deceit and bravery from World War 2, told by Tewkesbury's town crier, who knew the man who deserted the army, at the time a capital offence, only to re join, and win the Victoria Cross. This is the final talk of the 2022, post Covid, season. At the Baptist Church, Station Road. Price includes tea, coffee and delicious genuine homemade cake. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

After 3 years, Tewkesbury Museum is pleased to welcome back Father Christmas. Long a Tewkesbury must visit, the museum's grotto will be set in our 17th century building, which will be closed to general visitors on the two Saturdays, 10th & 17th December. PLEASE NOTE, TIMINGS SHOULD READ 11 TO 4. WITH 10 MINUTE SLOTS.We operate a strict booking system so that all children get time with Father Christmas. To book, contact the museum in person, by phone or by email. We will return phone calls and emails. Please have a preferred time and date. It is NOT possible to book via Facebook. Unfortunately, the museum has a lot of steps, steep stairs and an uneven floor, the grotto is on the first floor, so access can be difficult to less able people, and almost impossible in a wheelchair. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

And the stroll goes on....Remember, if you are unable to go on a stroll, virtual alley tours are available on the Alleycat Alley App. Free to download and use, on iPhone and Android phones and tablets. Get from Apple's App Store or Google Playstore. Search for Project Alleycat. ... See MoreSee Less
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