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. My favourite one to visit is the Museum of Gloucester, especially the Roman history section.

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.

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum in Gloucester Docks celebrates the region’s rich military history with a varied array of exhibits. The collection examines local troops such as the Glorious Glosters and Royal Gloucestershire Hussars, exploring their part in conflicts stretching from the American Revolutionary War to the Napoleonic War, and both World Wars.

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum

This is a great tourist attraction for those interested in military and war history. They are in Gloucester Docks and easy to find. There is usually a tank or military vehicle outside. The Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum reopened in April 2014 after a major refurbishment. When you visit, you can discover the lives of Gloucestershire soldiers from the last 300 years. Fun activities include trying on army uniforms and also look into a First World War trench. Learn about medals and how soldiers won them through history with the museum’s interactive displays.

Find out how the Gloucestershire Regiment won the Back Badge. Also. find out how the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars survived fighting in the desert? The museum has ever-changing exhibitions, so they will always have something new to see and learn.

The story about the soldiers of Gloucestershire begins in 1694, then travels through the Napoleonic Wars. Then on to the Age of Empire, Worlds Wars and Korea. Finally, right up to modern-day conflicts in the middle east.

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. This is famous as the home of Edward Jenner, the pioneer of smallpox vaccine. However, is is now used as a museum. Vaccinations are currently a hot topic because of the current worldwide COVID-19 crisis.

Cheltenham Museums

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


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

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

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

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