We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.

Discover the museum

Housed in the old Llanthony Warehouse in the heart of what once was the bustling Gloucester Docks, the museum is now the place where the people of Britain’s waterways tell their stories.

National Waterways Museum Gloucester Galleries on the first floor inside the Llanthony Warehouse, the home of the National Waterways Museum

Back in 2016, the Gloucester Waterways Museum was awarded a grant of over £1 million to refurbish its displays, create a new entrance to the warehouse building and adapt the Sabrina 5 barge to provide a new space for events and education.

Now, the museum is once again known as the National Waterways Museum (NWM) Gloucester. The sister museum to our National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port, together they are jointly responsible for the UK’s unique archive of waterways heritage.

Designated museum collection

Designated museum collection logoDesignated of national importance by Arts Council England, most of our ‘museum collection’ is housed between the two NWMs. However, you can also find important, treasured items on loan at Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre, Standedge Tunnel Visitor Centre and the Canal Museum, Stoke Bruerne. Together it forms the most comprehensive collection of artefacts that tell the story of Britain’s canals and navigable rivers over the last 300 hundred years. The collection consists of over 12,000 objects – including 68 historic boats and the national waterways archive, which alone takes over nearly 1 km of space.

As a charity, we were only able to carry out this important revitalisation project at the National Waterways Museum Gloucester because of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, DCMS/Wolfson Museums & Galleries Improvement Fund and several generous donations from local trusts and individuals.

Funding logos for NWM Gloucester

Last date edited: 16 May 2017