94. Museum in the Park, Stroud
Set in the beautiful grounds of Stratford Park in Stroud, The Museum in the Park is based in a Grade II listed 17th Century wool merchant’s mansion house and tells the fascinating story of the Stroud District’s rich and diverse history.
With over 4,000 objects on display, including dinosaur bones, historical paintings and even one of the world’s first lawnmowers, there is something to spark the interest of everyone.
Many of the museum's rooms contain interactives and toys, and some even sport peep holes into the cabinets at a child friendly-height.
In addition to the main displays in the mansion house, the museum's modern extension houses a small gift shop and café area, alongside two art galleries which hosts exhibitions from a superb range of artists, both local and international.
The museum also has an exciting events programme with the aim of offering something for everyone.
The house still bears the initials ‘G.G.’ and date ‘1674’ for Giles Gardner, who inherited the property.
However, the house has seen many different owners over the years and the museum itself opened in 2001.
Diane Few, visitor assistant at the museum, said: "Buildings are one thing but it is the people that make somewhere special. The staff and team of dedicated volunteers are well informed and you can expect to learn all about the latest exhibitions and opportunities to further your learning.
"You can develop your knowledge or creative skills in adult workshops, and bring your children along to the many events run by the museum for children of all ages.
"There is always a warm welcome and there are always interesting people to meet and things to do."
The Museum In The Park is nestled amongst the beautiful Stratford Park, which is planted with a variety of wonderful trees that are worthy of a visit themselves.
The Museum in the Park