Museums of Gloucestershire Guide

Our guide of the Museums in Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds. This includes options in Cheltenham and Gloucester. There are many museums to visit where you can learn some local or national history.

Museums in Gloucester

Gloucester docks are home to The Soldiers of Gloucestershire and the British Waterways museum, the city centre has The Museum of Gloucester and more.

Museum of Gloucester

Roman Gloucester

The Museum of Gloucester on Brunswick road in the city is a great place to visit and learn about local history. The Museum is a fantastic educational resource about the historical aspects of the cities past. Visitors can learn about recent history, the English civil war and The Roman Heritage of the city.

Beatrix Potter – The potter’s house is a museum about the children’s author Beatrix Potter.

Nature in Art – Primarily an art gallery but features many historic nature-inspired artworks.

Dr Jenner’s House, formerly known as the Edward Jenner Museum

They house the Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley to the south of the county in a grade II listed early 18th-century building called the Chantry, famous as the home of Edward Jenner, the pioneer of smallpox vaccine, and now used as a museum.

Vaccinations are currently a hot topic because of the current worldwide COVID-19 crisis.



The town of Cheltenham has a rich choice of places to visit, one of the options for music lovers is The Holst Birthplace Museum. The Wilson, which also doubles as an art gallery has an excellent collection of exhibits.


The Corinium Museum is located in Cirencester, which is affectionately known as “The Capital of the Cotswolds”. The Museum’s main collection comprises of important finds from the Roman town of Corinium.

The Cotswold Motoring Museum is located in Bourton-on-the-Water. It features exhibits about the history of 20th-century motor vehicles and the history of cars.

Tetbury Police Museum – A museum that explores the history of Gloucestershire Constabulary.

Kitchenalia – An independent establishment located in Cirencester that explores the history of cooking and all things culinary.