|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£5.00 per ticket|
|Between 5 and 17||£3.00 per ticket|
|Concession - Over 60||£3.00 per ticket|
|Entry to shops and cafe||Free|
|Housing and Council Tax Benefi||£3.00 per ticket|
|Students||£3.00 per ticket|
|Up to 2 adults and 5 Children||£12.00 per ticket|
The admission charges include general admission to both The Gloucester Life Museum and the Museum of Gloucester for an entire year. You will receive a membership card upon purchase.
Visitors with disabilities are entitled to free entry for one companion.
Annual Membership is available, please enquire for more details.
There will be a number of ‘free days’ at both museums during the year. These will include Heritage Open Days, other city wide events such as The Residents Weekend and sponsored event days. We will let you know about free days in this Enews letter.
Gloucester Museums Pass
The Gloucester Museums Pass allows unlimited entry for 12 months into the Museum of Gloucester, The Life Museum, Waterways Museum and the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum. Whether in Gloucester on a day trip or a resident of the city the pass is the most cost effective way to explore all of Gloucester’s central museums. An adult pass costs £10.00 and the family pass (2 adults and up to 3 children) costs only £20.00. The Gloucester Museum Pass can be purchased at any of these museums as well as Gloucester Tourist Information Centre.
Gloucester Life Museum is one of the oldest-established museums dedicated to social history. The collections have been drawn together mainly through gifts from the entire county of Gloucestershire, and represent one of the most fascinating collections of such material.
Set in 500 year old Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the Protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Life Museum is a complex of rooms on different levels with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors. Behind the chocolate-box facade is a museum with a cottage garden to the rear which is both larger than seems possible, and constantly surprising.
From treen (small wooden items), to the intriguing story of the river Severn fisheries, from historic costume to the life of the dairy; from the reconstructed Victorian classroom to the original pin factory - all of these plus hundreds of other elements of our local history are to be found here.
A wide range of exhibitions, hands-on activities, events, demonstrations, children's holiday activities, and role play sessions are held throughout the year both inside the museum and outside in the attractive cottage garden and courtyard area.
The Folk boutique houses an eclectic range of kitch and retro gifts, vintage and shabby chic household goods, local crafts and jewellery, cards, wrapping, gift boxes and more. So, if you normally shop online or travel further afield to find that perfect gift or item for your home then come and have a sneak preview of what treats our new boutique has to offer.
The 'Ed Shed'
The Ed Shed centre gives full disabled access to one of the Folk’s most popular education features, the Victorian Class room. With the addition of a large ground floor space and a fully landscaped garden, the multipurpose building will mean the museum is able to put on more events, whatever the weather, host themed banquets, birthday parties, weddings, private hires, workshops and much more.
As an original timmber framed builing the Folk Museum is unable to be fully accessible. Wheelchair users have access to the Folk Garden, the Education Building and the Folk Shop.
- Gift Shop
- Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.Advance booking advised for all visits - essential for Victorian Class room and other organised sessions or talks.
- No Smoking Attraction
- Of historic, literary or architectural interest
- Facilities for the Disabled
- Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors - Hands on display
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Ramp/Level Access
- On-Site café/restaurant
- Picnic Site
- Delta accepted
- Maestro accepted
- MasterCard accepted
- Max group size - 30
- Min group size - 12
- Solo accepted
- Visa accepted
Tours and Demonstrations
- Educational Visits Accepted
- Guided Tours Available for Groups
Map & Directions
From the North: Get off the M5 at Junction 11, at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A40 (signposted Gloucester/Cirencester). At Elmbridge Court roundabout take the 4th exit (signposted Ross). At the next roundabout take the first exit onto the A38 and then at the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A417 (St. Oswald’s Road). At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the A417. Keep left around Westgate Island and take the first left into Westgate Street. For the closest car park take the first left into the car park. Walk out of the car park and turn left, cross the road and continue walking up Westgate Street. The Life Museum is just on your right hand side.
From the South: Get off the M5 at Junction 12, at the roundabout take the first exit onto the B4008. At the Cross Keys roundabout take the 3rd exit onto the A38. At the next roundabout continue forward. At the traffic lights continue forward (stay in the left hand lane, signposted Ross) onto the A430, Secunda Way. Continue forward on this by pass until you come to a roundabout, stay in the left hand lane and take the 2nd exit (on to Hempstead Lane). Follow the road until you arrive at a T Junction. At the T Junction turn right. Keep in the right hand lane and take the exit at the roundabout. Immediately take the exit left into Westgate Street. Take the 1st left into the car park. This is the closest car park to the Life Museum. Walk out of the car park and turn left. Cross the road and the Life Museum is just up on the right hand side.
Public Transport Directions
Short stroll from Gloucester Bus and Train Station. From the Train Station, cross Bruton Way and walk into the Bus Station. Walk through the archway in the Bus Station and out on to Station Road. Continue forward into Clarence Street, at the end turn right into Eastgate Street. At the pedestrianised cross road continue forward into Westgate Street. Cross the road and the Life Museum is just up on the right hand side.
|Opening Times (29 Mar 2016 - 30 Sept 2016)|
* Please note that The Museum of Gloucester will also be open on Mondays that fall within Gloucestershire school holiday (except the Christmas break)