The museum explores the lives of the people of Gloucester, from Tudor times to present day.
The museum is housed in two of the oldest buildings in Gloucester – a Tudor merchant's house and a 17th-century town house – and Bishop Hooper is said to have lodged here the night before he was burned at the stake in front of St Mary de Lode Church in 1555. Today the site is devoted to showcasing the social history of the local area over the last 500 years.
The collection comprises gifts from the entire county of Gloucestershire, including treen (small wooden crafts), historic costume and domestic items. Reconstructed within the galleries are a Victorian classroom and the pin factory that once operated on the premises.