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It’s always nice to explore the modern side of the Cotswolds. But at the same time the curious side of us wants to know what the villages and towns were like in time gone by.

Luckily there are plenty of museums in the Cotswolds that help to give us a picture of how things used to be. As such, why not make some time on your Cotswolds holiday to visit a museum or two? We’ve listed five of the best below, so you’ve got a good head start before you even go!

Chipping Norton Museum

As the name would suggest, this gives you an insight into the past of this particular town. There are plenty of exhibits and it reveals information and knowledge going back as far as the Saxon times.

Not the biggest museum you will have visited, but it is still a great way to while away an hour or two.

Cotswold Motoring Museum

It seems as if most people visiting the Cotswolds want to visit Bourton on the Water, as it is one of the prettiest villages in the region. It is also the home of the Cotswolds Motoring Museum, which has a fantastic range of cars and caravans that will take you back a few years! It’s a great time for all the family.

The kids will enjoy it too, because it has an extensive range of toys from yesteryear on display as well. They might find it a shock to see how much things have changed!

Cricklade Museum

Not far from South Cerney, this museum is small but well packed with local history. Some centuries are better represented than others but nonetheless there are thousands of artefacts to browse through here.Winchcombe Railway Museum and Gardens

You may have heard of the steam railway that runs between Cheltenham and Toddington. But you can get off the train at Winchcombe if you wish and explore the museum.

This is chock full of ticket machines, signs and maps from times gone by, and it is a real cornucopia of items for anyone who loves railways. The gardens are also well worth a look, and they provide a nice contrast to the museum itself.

Corinium Museum

Finally this gem of a museum will give you an insight into the Cotswolds as a whole. Located in Cirencester, you will find plenty of items that have been found in the area and hark back many years – indeed, many centuries.But the Cotswolds as a whole are also explored, and you will find that a few hours here will give you a better idea of how the Cotswolds has developed over the years.

Of course, there are other museums you can visit in the Cotswolds, depending on where your Cotswolds holiday accommodation is situated. Museums can sometimes have a bad reputation, but you can learn a lot about the place you are staying in by spending an hour or two exploring one. Why not add it to your list of things to do when you visit the Cotswolds this year?