The WilsonCheltenham
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
50 Clarence Street
 
 
 
The Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum has been extended with the addition of another building and the whole complex renamed The Wilson in tribute to one of Scott's key men on his ill-fated1912 expedition to Antarctica, Edward Wilson.
 
Renewed gallery spaces allow visitors to explore highlights from the Museum’s collections - including a new gallery space dedicated to the internationally renowned Arts & Crafts collection, The Paper Store, an open archive showing tales of local heroes, and temporary exhibition spaces filled with varied programming including fun shows for families.
 
The Building
In 1898 the third Baron de Ferrieres, a former Mayor and MP for Cheltenham, gave 43 important paintings, mostly from Belgium and the Netherlands, to the town, together with £1000 towards the building of a gallery in which to house them. This was opened in 1899.
 
In 1905 the Museum was opened in the rooms next door and from that time the collections grew in number and in quality, with the great majority generously given by the people of Cheltenham.
 
There was so much material relating to the composer Gustav Holst that in 1975 it was used to furnish the independent Host Birthplace Museum.
 
Until the latest extension, the first real increase in space and visitor facilities did not occur until 1989 when HRH The Princess Royal opened an extension to the Art Gallery & Museum.
 
The Collections
Spread over 3 floors, the paintings and objects are displayed together, each complementing the other. Objects from the following categories are on view:
 
- Archaeology
- Arts and Crafts Movement
- Cheltenham Local History
- Costume and Textiles
- Decorative Arts
- Edward Wilson and the Wilson Family Collection
- Emery Walker
- Ethnography
- Fine Art
- Geology
- Natural History
- Numismatics
 
A foretaste of what there is to enjoy can be found online at  Web:  The Wilson, Cheltenham
 
Opening Times
Open daily 09:30 – 17:15
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)
 
Admission Price
Free
 
Disabled Access
Lift to every floor, disabled toilets located on every floor, assistance dogs are permitted, wheelchair loan is available on request.
 
Facilities
The Wilson Shop selling books, souvenirs, toys, cards and postcards
The Wilson Cafe, Tel: 01242 257441 and
The Guild at 51 is the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen’s permanent shop and gallery space.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone   +44 (0)1242 237 431
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Getting There
The Wilson, Cheltenham's art gallery and museum, is just two minutes' walk away from The Promenade, the shopping centre of Cheltenham, and a similar distance from the High Street, and the main coach and bus station in Royal Well.
 
- By Car
Arriving by car, there is a car park in Chester Walk immediately behind the Art Gallery & Museum, and parking bays for disabled visitors close by. For car parks in Cheltenham go to Web:   Cheltenham Council Car Parks
 
- By Train
Arriving by train in Cheltenham, the choice for getting to the town centre is bus D, a taxi or an energising walk of one mile (1.6 km) through Regency Cheltenham.
 
Google Maps - The Wilson