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“Very education museum”

Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum
Ranked #4 of 72 things to do in Gloucester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Our visitors can experience what it was like for soldiers and their families throughout the last three hundred years. The Gloucestershire Regiment (The Glosters) has been present at many of the turning points in British History; battles in the American Revolutionary War, defeating Napoleon, the defence of Dunkirk and fighting the spread of communism in Korea.Special exhibition Commemorating the Battle of Imjin now on. Also our new Modern Army Display has recently been commissioned - Come and see what it is like to served in Afghanistan. See the latest equipment, lift the body armour and the pack and imagine what it is like to go on operations on extremes of temperature.
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very education museum”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

My wife, my 9yr old son and I visited as part of a day out in Gloucester and thoroughly enjoyed this museum. It's not gimmicky, nor is it filled with children's activities, it just educates visitors in many aspects of historical interest - including limited but still very significant exhibitions including firearms and uniforms. There are many displays of medals along with descriptions of their issue. However we found that with no corresponding catalogue or other reference to identify the various types of medals on display we hadn't a clue of their respective significance other than to appreciate the history behind them. The entire museum is surprisingly larger than you think whilst having refreshments in the tea room at ground floor level, so overall it's a very good place to visit. Entrance prices are pretty good also, as are items in the gift shop. Would definitely visit again and would recommend to anyone (disabled lift is available also).

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Essex
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52 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Highlight of Trip to Gloucester”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

The Soldiers of Gloucester Museum has been superbly designed. If you follow the rooms in their proper order then you will travel from the past to the present, the chronology of war. Of course we went up in the lift - it's small but large enough for a wheelchair (without the carer) - and took the wrong turning so we ended up going from present to past. It didn't make any difference as far as our enjoyment was concerned (we didn't know until afterwards that we had gone round backwards). There is a superb mock-up of a tank encampment and several excellent mannequins in full uniform from various eras of war.
From the outside this looks like a small shop of memorabilia, with the emphasis on small. Indeed once you enter the store you do begin to wonder where the museum actually is and how large it is. Actually this is a Tardis-like building; small on the outside and amazing on the inside, full of wonder and filled with man's hope for peace in the only way man knows how to try for it - war!

Visited June 2014
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73 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
“Newly refurbished - worth a visit ”
Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

Newly refurbished the museum feels fresh and if one is interested in military history or just wants an insight into some extraordinary stories then highly recommended. The museum is also closely located you Gloucester historic Docks, the designer shopping outlet and antiques centre, the cathedral and a number of other museums. Worth a morning's visit and plenty of places to eat and shop or thongs to do near by.

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Gloucester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Great experience”
Reviewed 28 June 2014

Ex soldier and this place is amazing for families and as ex soldier I got free access with. ID card.

Visited June 2014
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Phoenix, Arizona
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153 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Great Museum, Worth the Visit”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I have seen many military museums in the UK and for a local one, it is one of the best. Great exhibits and interactive opportunities, and a good tour of the history of the regiments. Well worth spending a couple of hours and at a reasonable cost. Friendly and helpful staff, too.

Visited May 2014
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