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by aaaarrgh

The town museum is one of the main attractions in Cheltenham. The bus from the railway station stops in Clarence Street so you don't have far to walk! This year (2007) is the museum's one hundredth birthday.

I enjoyed my all-to-brief visit, the museum and galleries are arranged so you can walk around them in a circular trip, starting and ending at the cafe and gift shop. There is an interesting history and overview of Cheltenham, collections of furniture, paintings and a nice room filled with objects from the Arts-and-Crafts period (William Morris had a house in the Cotswolds).

One of the nicest things I saw was an early C19th model (all made of thin card) of the Pitsville Pump Rooms - the modelmaker travelled around England making architectural models and ended up requiring five caravans to carry his collection! Further on in the museum is a fabulous 1760 'sedan chair' and a model replica which you can try out yourself. There is also stuff for kids to do, puzzles, games (and when I was there an 'Easter Egg' trail).

Generally open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

Address: Clarence Street (near the Royal Crescent)
Phone: 01242 237431
Website: http://www.cheltenhammuseum.org.uk/

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 11, 2007
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