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Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum is a unique experience in Chester. Situated close to the very centre of the city, the museum building was purpose-built to hold the collections of Victorian collectors. Many of these Natural History and Archeological collections are still on display today.

Open: Mon–Sat 10.30am–5pm. Sun 1pm–4pm.

Address: 27 Grosvenor Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 2DD

Attraction Information

The building is an adventure in exploration and after watching the short film, which tells the history of Chester from the dinosaurs to the present day, you can wander the many temporary and permanent galleries.

Many of the galleries hold collections of national significance, in particular, Stories in Stone which displays and interprets the collection of Roman tombstones through film and interactive activities.  The gallery highlights the diverse population of Roman Chester when the soldiers were recruited from the far reaches of the empire, speaking different languages and holding many cultural beliefs.  The film will explain the experiences of a proud Roman widow after her husband died.  Next door, you can see the evidence of everyday Roman life with luggage labels, jewellery, game pieces and building materials, many of which are marked by the Roman and their dogs!

The new Natural Cheshire gallery is great for the younger visitors with lots of activities to stimulate their interest.  These sit among the collections of geological samples, animals and fossils which tell the stories of Chester’s landscape through the Sandstone Ridge and the River Dee, Delamere Forest and our own back gardens.

The Silver Gallery holds the entire collection of over 400 pieces of Chester-made silver. There are ceremonial platters, trophies, church silver. See if you can find the baby’s rattle and teether.  Next door, in the Art Gallery you will find some of the collection of paintings.  The portraits and landscapes show the people of Chester and how the city may have looked in the past, tho there is evidence of ‘photo-shopping’ a view to give it more interest. Can you tell where the Chester views are?

Take a moment to have a cuppa in our World War 2-themed café or soak up the atmosphere of the Roman garden before moving through to explore the 3 floors of 20 Castle Street, built in 1680. Take care on the winding staircase and notice how it leans as you climb to the room-sets of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian Chester. You’ll also find a changing display of costume from the collection.

The museum plans a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions which give an opportunity to host guest exhibitions and show pieces which cannot be on permanent display. We make use of small spaces so you can see some of our more unusual items, from archaeology to shoes, Victorian Valentines to Medieval pottery. We have a permanent coin mini-gallery which often hosts travelling collections or research related to local events.

There is a vibrant schools programme and you may see young soldiers in their armour, learning the life of a soldier as they march to the amphitheatre. They spend part of their day handling Roman and replica objects to understand the importance of the Roman occupation and its impact on Britain. You may also see the ‘little ones’ following the ‘jammy’ footprints of Morris the Mouse to learn what life was like for Victorian children.

The museum staff is passionate about the collections and wants to share the delights with you. There is a programme of family holiday activities, films, lectures and events to make sure you find something new and stimulating every time you pop in.

Take a look on the website to see what’s coming up.

Prices

Free entry. Suggested donations £3

Accessibility

The Grosvenor Museum has full independent access to the ground floor, including Exhibition Gallery One, the Lecture Theatre, the ground floor of the Period House, the Roman Gallery and the Roman Stones Gallery and accessible toilet.

The Art Gallery, Silver Gallery, Natural History Gallery and Exhibition Gallery Two are on the first floor, the Education Workroom is on the second floor. There is no lift.

Toilets and baby-change. There is a small café at the museum offering hot and cold drinks, and small snacks. The shop stocks a range of books, greetings cards and historical gifts. Support dogs welcome. No smoking. We request that visitors do not eat or drink in the galleries.

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