Church Street at night


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 also recently taken over the management of the Old Baptist Chapel, originally a late Medieval Hall house which was later converted for use as a non-conformist 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! 


Further information about our location and contact details can be found under Useful Info.



Opening Times



 Tuesdays - Saturdays from Tuesday 31st March 2015


Saturday 31st October 2015 - Friday 25th March 2016

Open on Saturdays only


Opening times:

10am - 1pm

2pm - 5pm

(Last admission 4.30)


Please be aware that at various times we will be closed to provide workshops to visiting school groups.

Dates affected by this are listed below:

Friday 18th September

Tuesday 13th October

Wednesday 14th October


The museum will be closed from 1pm Wednesday 16th September due to staff availability. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.


The Old Baptist Chapel will be closed for building work from Monday 21 September to re-open in the

new year.

These essential repairs and renovations are part of our Heritage Lottery Funded Interpretation Project.

Check our social media pages for all of the latest developments during this exciting time.



(Schools and groups are welcome to visit all year round). 


If you require more information please contact us on: 01684 297174

or email curator@johnmooremuseum.org




Visiting the Old Baptist Chapel



The John Moore Museum has recently taken over the management of the Old Baptist Chapel. At present the access to this enigmatic building is run separately to the rest of the museum and viewing requires an appointment. A tour is often possible with as little as 5 minutes notice, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm. However, visiting is subject to staff availability so to avoid disappointment we strongly advise as much notice as possible to visit this fascinating building. 


To arrange a visit please call us on 01684 297 174 or email curator@johnmooremuseum.org



RECENTLY ADDED: Click HERE to listen to recordings from our new oral history archive.



Whilst you're here enjoy a piece of John Moore's writing and listen to

John Yorke reading Poaching from 'The Year of The Pigeons'

 link to Gloucestershire revealed


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Latest News


New schools mailing list



Join our Primary schools mailing list to stay up to date with news about our NEW Primary workshops....

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Creature crawls, curriculum changes and new education spaces



Exciting new science workshops and FREE museum sessions for schools

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Old Baptist Chapel Interpretation Project wins Heritage Lottery Support



Old Baptist Chapel Interpretation Project, run by The Abbey Lawn Trust, wins Heritage Lottery...

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Upcoming Events



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