Housed in the old Llanthony Warehouse in the heart of what once was the bustling Gloucester Docks, the museum will take you on a whole new journey. See below for opening times and prices.
Our museum’s new design takes a fresh approach to displaying objects from our designated collection, allowing you to enjoy the fabric of the warehouse itself.
Our new galleries have some very hands-on displays (and a few traditional exhibits too). But they all tell the stories of people living and working on the docks - some of them in person on our digital display screens. It's all thanks to some timely funding...
Back in 2016, the much loved 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 'designated collection' of waterways heritage.
The final chapter in the refurbishment is now underway and we are looking forward to re-opening with our brand new entrance in May.
As a charity, we were only able to carry out this important 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.
Designated of national importance by Arts Council England, most of our ‘museum collection’ is housed between the two museums. However, you can also find 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 that tells 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.
|Summer: 5 May 2018 to 4 November 2018||Open every day 10.00am - 5.00pm|
|Our daily boat trips are at 12 noon and 1.30pm|
|NB: the museum will close at 4.00pm on Thursday 27 September for a private function.|
Your ticket becomes your 'annual pass' and will give you a whole year of access to the museum:
|Child (5 and under)||Free|
|Family of 4 (2 ad + up to 3 ch)||£20.00|
Last date edited: 20 September 2018