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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

Summer opening (from 26 March)

Saturday, Sunday and Monday
11am – 4pm (3:30pm on 04/06/23)

Tuesday and Wednesday
Noon – 3pm

1 – 4pm


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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A good audience for Dr Andrew Crowther's talk "Tewkesbury Hospitals", the final talk in a very successful spring programme. Over 80 people attended, many former patients from Church St and Tewkesbury Hospital(s), to listen to Andrew present a strong argument in favour of "cottage" now "community" hospitals within the NHS. This spring we have had a wide range of topics - Magic Lanterns, railways, inns, cinema and finally hospitals. So thanks to all our speakers, to our hosts Tewkesbury Baptist Church, and to our very large and interested audiences. The museum benefited not just financially, but from the reinforced bonds with the community, in Tewkesbury and the surrounding area. We will return in October for another five talks. ... See MoreSee Less
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Thanks to Steve Goodchild for his talk last Tuesday on Inns, Taverns & Beerhouses. Very much enjoyed by another large audience. Made even better by the announcement that museum is to get £367K grant to repair and weatherproof the building. Our next talk is by Linda Pike, long serving projectionist at the Roses, (where Linda's first boss was Stan Stennett). When not showing films, or volunteering at the museum, Linda has been studying for a post grad history degree degree, focusing on cinema during the Second World war. In her talk she looks at how women moved into her profession during the war, and what that work involved in the days of 35mm film. This will be a very interesting talk, for those interested in changes in women's place in society, and changes more generally in the cinema in the Golden Age of film. No popcorn, but tea and cake are included in the £3 admission. All profits go to Tewkesbury Museum. ... See MoreSee Less
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