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Prince Philip visit 2006

Prince Philip’s visit to Tewkesbury Museum, 17 July 2006: Someone had cracked a joke!

Prince Philip with Mike Mike Sztymiak (Borough Mayor) Pete Aldridge (Town Mayor) and Maggie Thornton (Curator) outside the Museum.

Read the story about the Royal visit

We are hoping to re-open from late August, but cannot guarantee doing so.

Please come and see – if there’s a whiteboard outside our door, we’re open!

Our opening hours will be 1:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. on
Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

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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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3 weeks ago

The People's Friend - one of Britain's longest running weekly magazines - have been visiting Tewkesbury. Neil & Hazel McAllister visited the museum where they found "one of the town's real delights." To discover what it was, where else they went and what they remember of their wedding night, I'm afraid you'll have to read the magazine. 😉 Available from Tesco, W H Smith etc. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Museum opening hours weekend 25/27 SeptemberSaturday 25th 1 - 4 PMSunday 26th 1 - 4 PMMonday 27th 11 AM - 4 PM The museum also intends opening Wednesday, Thursday & Friday afternoon, but timings are still a bit erratic due to shortage of volunteers. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

Lots going on it town this Saturday, 18th September. Regenerating the High St at American Garden (rear Town Hall)Friends of Earth Green Fayre at Methodist Church HallTewkesbury 2030 at Watson HallHeritage Open Days at John Moore Museum (Tudors)and Abbey (monks)And Tewkesbury Museum will be open 11 AM to 4 PM to show off our recent improvements: the restoration of the Salt model fairground (2020) and the totally revamped Battle of Tewkesbury gallery - completed only weeks ago to mark 550th anniversary of the battle. Overlooked by 6'4'' Edward IV in full armour. For younger visitors there is the Legendary Mouse Hunt. So come in to town, catch up on future plans, catch up on our history. Catch up with a coffee, a meal, a walk by the river. Entry to Tewkesbury Museum is free, but donations very welcome. (Unfortunately the museum building has a lot of steps and steep stairs, it can be a problem for people with restricted mobility and wheelchair users.) ... See MoreSee Less
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