Museums in the Cotswolds

This page gives you a quick guide to a few of the museums in the Cotswolds. A few details about each museum on the map is given below the map

Cotswolds museums map

Ashmolean Museum Oxford Founded in 1677 by one Elias Ashmole to house the collection of curiosities collected by the traveller John Tradescant. It has grown in size over the 300 years of its existence and now contains collections of coins, paintings and antiquities
Bodlean Library Oxford Founded on an earlier library  in 1598 by Sir Thomas Bodley. A copy of every new book published in Britain is sent to the Bodlean, and it now has over 2.5 million books. It also has manuscripts going back to the 7th century Codex Laudianus
Chedworth Roman Villa north of Cirencester Owned by the National Trust, the villa has a museum that enables you to find out more about the people living in this villa which was built in AD 180 and lasted for 150 years
Corinium Museum Cirencester Cirencester was the second largest Roman town in Britain, so it is the place to come to learn about the Romans. Full scale Roman kitchen, dining room and mosaic craftsman's workshop. Open all year
Cotswolds Farm Park Guitting Power A typical Cotswolds farm displays a unique collection of rare breeds of farm animals, which they breed themselves. Open April to September
Holst Birthplace Museum Cheltenham Holst, the composer, was born in Cheltenham, and this museum will tell aficionados all they need to know about the great man. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays
Motor Museum Bourton on the Water Over 7000 motor related exhibits in this converted water mill on the banks of the River Windrush as it flows through Bourton on the Water. Open daily from February to November
Pitt  Rivers Museum Oxford The Pitt Rivers Museum was founded in 1884 when Lt.-General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University. His two conditions were that a museum was built to house it and that someone should be appointed to lecture in anthropology.
Pump Room and Museum Bath The Roman baths are well preserved, and adjoin the 18th century Pump Room where High Society gathered to "take the waters". The museum on the site tells you more about what has happened here over the years
Railway Museum Winchcombe Gloucester Street, Winchcombe
Displays of tools and equipment which show railway life in the days of steam. Signals and working models are visitor operated. Set in 1.5 acres of gardens.
Open Easter - October, Saturday & Sunday.
Teddy Bear Museum Stratford upon Avon Teddy Bear Museum where, since 1988, they hav ecelebrated every aspect of the teddy bear, from his arrival at the beginning of the twentieth century to his worldwide popularity today.
Teddy bear museum and shop located in a heritage 16th century building in the heart of Shakespeare's Stratford, England.
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