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“Quiet fascinating - very helpful staff”

National Waterways Museum Gloucester
Ranked #16 of 77 things to do in Gloucester
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Owner description: Following our recent refit we're delighted to announce that we are open again. The museum celebrates the role Gloucester Docks and the local canal network had in transporting goods to the industrial Midlands. Our new bright and engaging galleries will showcase the uniqueness of the River Severn and Gloucester & Sharpness Canal. Daily Canal Cruises available. Queen Boadicea II will take you on a 45 minute trip along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal with live commentary. Trips run every weekend and every day during the school holidays.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Received a very friendly welcome when visiting this attraction – the staff were most helpful and I and found much of interest.

It gives an insight into a different way of life now gone and how people both lived and worked on the canals and in particular those between Gloucester and Sharpness also to Tewksbury.

The museum is quite vast being on three floors and you can spend a considerable time there browsing the exhibits. I think some of these could be updated and improved, but guess it’s a question of cash and what Grants or other funding can be obtained.

Certainly this is worth a visit and I hope it goes from strength to strength in the future.

By the way, the whole docks area has been improved greatly; there is plenty of parking, also a large Antique Centre nearby, some good cafes/coffee shops and a covered Outlet Shopping Centre with a fine choice of designer brands so really something for everyone!

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Reviewed February 24, 2013

The Waterways museum was interesting and had a lot of fascinating information but the presentation could use a bit of help. Some of the displays had writing that had very small print descriptions which was challenging to read from a distance. There were a lot of displays that had writing and a few photos; they could use some more creative ways of telling these stories. The stories were fascinating!

Thank Ndoy
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GlosWaterways, Public Relations Manager at National Waterways Museum Gloucester, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2013

Hello. Thank you so much for taking the trouble to write a review about the Museum. You are of course right. There are lots of thing that we want to improve - including the things you mention. We are awaiting the outcome of a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund that will allow us to improve the Museum story, introduce new interactives and greatly improve some of the interpretation. We will know the outcome of that bid by the middle of March, and funds to make the improvements you suggest should follow from April 2014. Fingers crossed that we get it. Please come and see us again in 2014 when you will hopefully see some improvements!

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Reviewed February 20, 2013

Called in on a cold afternoon in February my granddaughter had been studying pirates at school so I thought a trip to the docks might be appropriate . Although this is the waterways museum it is in a super location the area is very clean and a modern approach to what is a very historic and busy port. The museum is very atmospheric well laid out and very hands on lots of history under one roof. Parking locally is not a problem.

1  Thank brianmetcalf
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Reviewed February 13, 2013

What a great place! I normally don't bother writing reviews of museums, etc, but wanted to make sure people know of this gem.
This is and incredibly family friendly place with helpful and friendly staff. The exhibitions are colourful and interesting. The interactive elements are brilliant, especially for the little ones.
The surroundings are beautiful, too.

1  Thank AlwaysSpeakOut
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

My grandaughter and I visited the Waterways Museum yesterday afternoon and had a great time. As well as the interesting history of the inland waterways - there were plenty of interactive exhibits and activities being enjoyed by young and old alike. We spent a brilliant couple of hours wandering through history - having been brought up on the banks of the Stroudwater canal I found this particulary interesting and Kayleigh was fancinated by the lives of the canal children. She was quite horrified to read that the toddlers were tied in chairs whilst their parents and older siblings worked and also by the tiny space they all lived in....
We ended the afternoon making beautiful paper flowers and cardboard narrowboat models.
A really great way to spend an afternoon...right on our doorstep.Well done you!

1  Thank l_hoather
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