Attraction in Cheltenham
A Designated Museum: one of only 52 museums and galleries in the country that is recognised by the government as having an outstanding collection of national importance: in Cheltenham's case, the Arts and Crafts Movement collection.
Cheltenham was at the heart of the Arts and Crafts Movement and has some of the finest furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, carvings and textiles produced by the Movement, whose members were inspired by the ideology of William Morris.
Paintings spanning four centuries, with an exceptional group of Dutch and Flemish 17th and 19th century paintings given by Baron de Ferrieries in 1898 mark the foundation of the Art Gallery. 20th century gems include the work of Vanessa Bell and Stanley Spencer.
The history of Cheltenham is explored from small market town to splendid spa in the 1800s, and its development as a sporting, residential, educational and manufacturing centre. There is a small gallery devoted to Cheltenham's Antarctic explorer, Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott on the South Pole expedition in 1912.
Impressive Oriental collections include a range of Chinese pottery, costume and furniture.
Archaeology featuring local 'finds' ranges from prehistoric flints to Roman pottery, Anglo-Saxon jewellery to Medieval floor tiles.
Sparkling jewellery and decorative costume accessories includes a fine group of tiaras.
Discovery trails and handling tables allow everyone to interact and are especially popular with children.
There is a programme of special exhibitions changing regularly throughout the year.
Months Open: All year
Monday - Saturday 10.00-5.20, (first Thursday of each month open from11.00am)
Closed Bank Holidays.
Groups/Parties Welcome: Yes
Car Parking: Yes - large public car park nearby
Admission Price: Free
Gift Shop: Yes
More Attractions nearby
Holst Birthplace Museum (0.53 miles)
Pittville Pump Room (The) (1.12 miles)
Gloucestershire Craft Collection (2.87 miles)
Crickley Hill Country Park (3.87 miles)
Winchcombe Railway Museum & Garden (5.91 miles)
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