Museum of Gloucester
The impressive range of artefacts includes the Rufus Sita tombstone; the amazing Iron Age Birdlip mirror; one of the earliest backgammon sets in the world; dinosaur fossils; paintings by famous artists such as Gainsborough and Turner; full-sized dinosaurs; preserved wildlife from the city and the Gloucestershire countryside; beautiful antique furniture, glass, ceramics and silver; and hands-on displays, computer quizzes and activity workstations throughout the galleries. An exciting range of temporary exhibitions spotlights anything from contemporary art and textiles to dinosaurs and local history. The museum also hosts children’s holiday activities and regular special events.
Facilities – at a glance
Suitable for all child ages
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking nearby
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Lift to 1st floor galleries, induction loops
- Accessible toilets
- Opening Times: Open Tue-Sat 10-5. Closed 15 Dec-1 Jan
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About the area
Gloucestershire is home to a variety of landscapes. The Cotswolds, a region of gentle hills, valleys and gem-like villages, roll through the county. To their west is the Severn Plain, watered by Britain’s longest river, and characterised by orchards and farms marked out by hedgerows that blaze with mayflower in the spring, and beyond the Severn are the Forest of Dean and the Wye Valley.
Throughout the county you are never far away from the past. Neolithic burial chambers are widespread, and so too are the remains of Roman villas, many of which retain the fine mosaic work produced by Cirencester workshops. There are several examples of Saxon building, while in the Stroud valleys abandoned mills and canals are the mark left by the Industrial Revolution. Gloucestershire has always been known for its abbeys, but most of them have disappeared or lie in ruins. However, few counties can equal the churches that remain here. These are many and diverse, from the ‘wool’ churches in Chipping Campden and Northleach, to the cathedral at Gloucester, the abbey church at Tewkesbury or remote St Mary’s, standing alone near Dymock.
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