Gloucester Folk Museum

99 -103 Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2PG

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Both hotels within 5-10 minutes walk from the museum





The museum is one of the oldest-established museum and is housed in two of the oldest buildings in Gloucester, a Tudor's merchant's house and a 17th-century town house. The museum is dedicated to the social history of Gloucestershire. 

It is said in 1955, that Bishop Hooper stayed in the building the night before he was burned at the stake in front of  Saint Mary de Lode Church.

In 2015 the museum was renamed the Gloucester Folk Museum, it was previously known as the Gloucester Life Museum.

The museum offers various exhibits: local craft, items relating to the Rover Severn fisheries, historic costumes, a reconstructed victorian classroom, a reconstruction of the pin factory that once operated on the premises and displays relating to domestic life over the last 500 years. 
In addition to the exhibits there are also plenty of hands-on activities, events, demonstrations, children's holiday activities, and role play sessions. These are hosted throughout the year so there is always something interesting going on for everyone, of all ages, to get involved either inside the museum or in the cottage garden and courtyard area.

The Ed Shed offers a full-disabled access areas focusing mostly on the very popular educational centre, the Victorian Classroom. There is an additon of a large ground floor space and fully landscaped garden. The Ed Shed can also be used for hired events such as birthday parties and themed dinners to weddings to workshops. 

Whatever the weather there is always something interesting going on at the museum. You can also enjoy some unquie gifts from the boutique gift shop from an eclectic range of kitch and retro gifts, vintage and shabby chic household goods, local crafts and jewellery, cards, wrapping, gift boxes and more.