National Waterways Museum Gloucester, Gloucester

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  • August 19, 2017
    I visited this museum with family, on holiday. We found it very interesting, and could imagine being back amongst the hubub, the noise and of activity of days gone by. It made me feel sad, because tha...  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Took grandchild here but found it very tired, limited and not very exciting. The explanations were few and far between and didn't really explain what you should get out of a particular exhibit. Would ...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    I really don't know what's happened with this museum - we bought a family annual ticket shortly before they closed for refurbishment, but now they're open again it seems to be literally half the museu...  more »
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  • Visited Tuesday in Easter school holidays. The price had gone up to more than £8 for an adult which is not mentioned on their site. The museum has some interesting displays but is pretty dry. We were not told but the dredger moored outside that is part of the museum is only open Weds to Sunday. I asked about it and one of the 5 staff hanging around the shop told me they could not open it. Pretty disappointing and overall quite dull.
  • Took extended family as part of a day in Gloucester. This museum is a local museum telling the story of the Glos' Sharpness Canal, The Docks and the River Severn. We saw exhibits on the dockside and plenty of interesting things inside. We went round in about an hour and a half. Staff were helpful although for the foreign visitors in our party there was no information in any European language. Given the interest in canals and rivers in Holland, Germany, France etc etc this seems a little strange. Members of our party particularly liked the video of the river, the WWII area and the ropes showing how pulleys can help lift weighty sacks. Worth a visit if you take your time to look at the exhibits and the info.
  • There's really not a lot here at all. Only for real enthusiasts. It has recently had a refurbishment and does appear to be well presented when you arrive with a gift shop.and quaint little cafe area. There's a lift available to take you to the higher level which is handy too. The exhibitions are of a good size, but there's very few of them.if you didn't read all the blurb and/or stand and watch the videos (as I often don't with kids in tow) you could see this in 10 minutes there's that little here. On the second floor there are two bridge building activities and a fancy dress section which are nice for kids, but that's the only interactive element in the whole museum. The kids loved this little section and if you're lucky and visit with kids when it's quite you could likely spend a short while here, but I'd hate to think what it would be like if it was busy. 3 Standout Good Things/Things to try: 1. Seems to have some nice things for enthusiasts like a huge replica string boat, working engines, videos and so on. Someone who has the enthusiasm and inclination could probably spend a good while soaking it all up. 2. Cafe seemed nice and gift shop seemed nice 3. Lovely location and outside around the docks (which isn't actually part of the museum) there are loads of boats to see and other activities like the Quays shopping centre, restaurant and bars. 3 Areas that could be improved: 1. More interactive exhibitions, especially ones aimed at children 2. Guides giving you explanations about exhibits etc. 3. Greater use of the amazing outlook. (One thing that was a particular disappointment is that this is on the docks, but you can't see out of any of the windows on the first floor. Being able to appreciate the area from an aerial vantage point would be a huge plus. Especially if there was a guide there to explain more about the area and what elements were/are used for I like to try and include 3 points in each category for my main reviews and so the negatives and positives should really be taken in the context of the whole review. In the case of the National Waterways Museum I really felt disappointed. With a National status I would really have expected a lot more and would rather have paid more for a better experience than the disappointing one we had here.
  • Great before the refurbishment but at least one whole floor has been closed and lots of content removed from the others. My children's favourite was the working model of a lock system; I suspect that was the first thing out of the door. It feels as if the designers have convinced the trustees that this is how to cater for a demographic that neither of them has much idea about.
  • nice museum. arrive early enough so you can enjoy the boat tour. no discount if you are too late.

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