Our collections include

Our vast collections include items from all the categories shown below; and particular highlights include items relating to Cheltenham-born Edward Wilson's part in Scott's Antarctic Expedition, outstanding examples of Arts and Crafts Movement pieces, a broad collection of fine art, including the original gift of Dutch and Belgian paintings from Baron De Ferrieres, and a wealth of objects relating to the fascinating history of Cheltenham.

  • 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

Our collections online

You can now find over 2,950 of our objects in our collections available on line and these are constantly being added to.

Discover another 500 selected archaeology, art, costume and jewellery, Cheltenham, and world cultures objects.

You can also search for all our continental and European paintings and all our oil paintings at BBC Your Paintings, and you can find more specialist information about our European paintings at www.nicepaintings.org

IF you are looking to buy images of the objects in the collections, around 500 images of these can be found at Bridgeman Images. Go to Advanced search and search for Cheltenham.

Limitations of space and the fragile nature of some of the Museum's objects mean that not everything is on show at The Wilson. The items that are kept in store may be seen by appointment. Please make a note of the accession number, found at the end of the object description, and contact us if you wish to see a particular object.

Arts and Crafts Online Collections

Use the Arts and Crafts Museum button to the left to view our Arts and Crafts website at with online exhibitions and much more. Find out more about it by liking us on Facebook and follow us on twitter @ArtsCraftsChelt.

Tour our collections

Our Visitor Services team and specialist volunteers offer guided tours of our collections. If you would like to find out more about what tours are available, and how to arrange them, please click here.

Museum development blog

You can also read the blog we wrote during the redevelopment. This was a revealing insight behind the scenes whilst we packed up, stored and reinstated our collections throughout the historic redevelopment of The Wilson between 2011 and 2013.

Open Monday – Wednesday / Friday – Saturday 9.30am – 5.15pm. Thursday 9.30am – 7.45pm. Sunday 11am – 4pm.
(Closed on 25 & 26 December, 1 January and Easter Sunday)

Admission free

THE WILSON
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Clarence Street
Cheltenham
GL50 3JT
Tel: 01242 237431
www.thewilson.org.uk