About Us

The John Moore Museum is nestled in a row of historic timber-framed buildings close to the Abbey in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

The museum was established in 1980 in memory of the writer and naturalist, John Moore. Today it is also home to an extensive Natural History collection featuring specimens of the mammals and birds native to our countryside, woodlands, wetlands and farmland.

A few doors away is The Merchant’s House, a two storey building which has been beautifully restored and furnished to show the construction of a 15th century shop and dwelling.

The museum has recently renovated the Old Baptist Chapel, originally a late medieval hall house which was later converted for use as a Nonconformist meeting house.

We run a varied events calendar including live animal events, living history days and talks.

For schools, we are open all year round and have an extensive education programme, proving museum workshops, outreach and loans focused on the Tudors, local history, science (living things and habitats) and much more.

Adult groups can also visit all year round. We offer special terms for groups, including tours and talks. Please contact us for more information.

To view our historic Baptist Minute Book

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Opening Times

Winter Opening

(1 November to 1 April) Most Saturdays and school holidays. We stay open on Bank Holidays (except Christmas and New Year)

We will be open on the following dates:

November: Saturday 19th & Saturday 26th 

December: Saturday 3rd, Saturday 10th, Saturday 17th, Tuesday 20th to Friday 23rd, Friday 30th (Birds of Prey Event)

10am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

If you would like to visit at another time, this can be arranged by telephoning 01684297174

Schools & Groups are welcome to visit all year round (pre-booking is required) – please contact us for details

Summer Opening

(1 April to 31 October): Tuesday to Saturday

10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm)

Old Baptist Chapel: Tuesdays and Saturdays, 10pm to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm (last entry 4.30pm). Weds – Fri: If we have staff available we will happily open the Chapel for you, please ring before you visit.

Groups are welcome at any time: contact us to book a visit.

Lobster pot helmet in the chapel

The Old Baptist Chapel, part of the John Moore Museum in Tewkesbury

Visiting the Old Baptist Chapel

The Old Baptist Chapel has now reopened after renovation. As well as undertaking essential repairs, new ways have been developed to tell the rich stories of this enigmatic building.

For more information about the chapel, including history, prices and opening times, please visit our chapel pages


To Arrange A Visit

please call us on 01684 297 174 or
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