Museums of Gloucestershire and The Cotswolds including in Cheltenham and Gloucester. Places to visit where you can learn some local or national history. We have a dedicated page about those located in the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley.

Museums 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.

Beatrix Potter – The potter’s house is a museum that is dedicated to the children’s author Beatrix Potter.

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

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

The Edward Jenner Museum in Berkeley to the south of the county is housed 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 due to 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.