Grosvenor Museum

Grosvenor Museum
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The Grosvenor Museum was founded in 1885 and its origins are linked to the Chester Society of Natural Science Literature & Art founded by Charles Kingsley in 1871, and to Chester Archaeological Society. The Museum holds an internationally important collection of Roman Stones, found in the City walls in the 19th century. There is also a fine collection of Chester silver, the Art Collection includes modern works. We also have a good natural history collection, including many examples of Victorian taxidermy, geological specimens plus butterflies, insects and birds. There is an interesting 17th century period house attached to the museum with many period roomsets starting in the 17th century.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1030-1700
Sun 1300-1600

Closed 24, 25 & 26 December, 1 January & Good Friday

Admission charges

Free.

Additional info

We run a wide range of activities for children particularly in school holidays. Please note for events involving children - Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult at all times - and in general children should always be accompanied.

Primarily Roman, including an internationally important collection of Roman Stones, and archaeological finds from the surrounding area - the collections also covers Fine Art, Natural History, Local Silver, Period House Room displays & small costume gallery, Timeline gallery. Rolling programme of varying temporary exhibitions.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Personalities, Natural Sciences, Music, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archaeology, Religion, World Cultures, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Roman Inscribed and Sculpted Stones
  • Varied Art Collection - medieval to modern - all mediums
  • Extensive Chester Silver collection including Delamere Horn
  • Period Room displays from the 16th century onwards in the Period House
  • Louise Rayner watercolours - not always on display due to light exposure
  • Charles Kingsley - Natural history collections
  • Victorian & Edwardian costume
  • Agricola lead pig & other Roman artefacts - glass/jewellery/Samian Ware
  • Willoughby Gardiner coin collection & other coins, medals & tokens
  • Medieval shoes
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Mother & Children

Motherhood

  • 6 July 2013 — 28 June 2015 *on now

A small exhibition exploring the role of motherhood between 1860 and 1960.Costume Gallery

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
Open Art

The Grosvenor Museum's 11th Open Art Exhibition

  • 12 March — 17 June 2015 *on now

Discover a wealth of local creative talent in this diverse and stimulating exhibition selected from hundreds of entries in open competition. Exhibition gallery one - ground floor

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free

Disley

Frances Disley: Metamorphosis

  • 25 April — 19 July 2015 *on now

Frances Disley creates her own work and runs the Bluecoat Print Studio & lectures in Fine Art at Liverpool Hope University. This exhibition charts her fascination with process and colour - exhibition gallery two (upstairs - no disabled access)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

Teniers

Paintings by Rembrandt's Workshop & Teniers

  • 17 June — 10 September 2015

Masterpieces of Dutch & Flemish painting are being lent to the museum this summer from the outstanding collection of His Grace the Duke of Westminster.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free - in the Art Gallery on the second floor - no lift

prehistoric landscape

A Prehistoric Landscape: Archaeology of the Mid Cheshire Ridge

  • 4 July — 25 October 2015

This exhibition explores the earliest human history of the Sandstone Mid Cheshire Ridge up to the Roman invasion in AD43. The museum's important pre-historic collections are displayed alongside new research from the Habitats and Hillforts Landscape Partnership Scheme and several community projects.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

mini

Minis & More: Female Fashion from the Swinging 60s

  • 11 July 2015 — 1 May 2017

This small exhibition shows day & evening dresses from Christian Dior, Susan Small and Nola Gowns of Chester

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free - up two flights of stairs in the Costume Gallery - no lift

end of the Season

Stephen Clarke: End of the Season

  • 25 July — 18 October 2015

Since the early 1980s artist Stephen Clarke has photographed the seaside town of Rhyl to reclaim childhood holidays. Pictures of the fairground, seafront and caravan park chronicle the resort's inevitable ebb and flow

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free - upstairs no disabled access

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
cardboard house

The Giant Cardboard House

  • 29 May 2015 2-4pm *on now

Come and make a bit of wall, window, door or more of the bizarre temporary house we'll be building in our Newstead Gallery

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

free drop in event

dragon

Midsummer Watch: Dragon Making Workshop

  • 13 June 2015 2-4pm

Come and make your own dragon for the Midsummer Watch Parade, which is held at 2pm on 20 & 21 June. Full details at the workshop or www.midsummerwatch.co.uk Grosvenor Museum Newstead Gallery

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children
Teniers

Art Gallery Tour

  • 29 June 2015 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton Keeper of Art to discover this rich array of art spanning 500 years

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

free - Art Gallery upstairs no lift

Disley

Frances Disley Exhibition Tour

  • 4 July 2015 2-3pm

Join Frances Disley for a guided tour of her exhibition Metamorphosis.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+

Admission

free - exhibition gallery 2 upstairs - no lift

Woman with a Pearl Earring

Rembrandt & Vermeer: From Darkness to Light

  • 8 July 2015 1:30-3:30pm

Adrian Sumner revisits the Dutch Golden Age contrasting two equally vivid geniuses

Admission

£3 pay on the door

stretton mill

The Ages of Stretton

  • 18 — 19 July 2015 12-5pm

Rural crafts, food, milling & music all bring the history of Stretton watermill to life. Follow the timeline of Stretton from its 14th century beginning to the end of its commercial life in the 1950s. Stretton Watermill, nr Farndon, Cheshire

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Mill tour £3 plus free activities. This event takes place on Saturday and Sunday

prehistoric axe

Lithic Assemblages from the Sandstone Ridge

  • 22 July 2015 2-3:30pm

Join Ian Brooks to discover more about this interesting and important area of local archaeology

Suitable for

  • 18+
end of season

Drawing the End of the Season

  • 25 July 2015 10:30am-5pm
  • 26 July 2015 1-4pm

Artist Stephen Clarke will draw the town's map onto the gallery wall from a projected image

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free drop in event

helmet

Roman Helmets and Shields

  • 28 July 2015 2-4pm

make your own helmet and shield like the ones the Roman soldiers used

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free activity - grosvenor museum newstead gallery

clothes galore

Clothes Galore

  • 29 July 2015 11am-4pm

Take a closer look at our costume handling collection then make a fan or a bag to take home

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 5-6
  • 14-15

Admission

free drop in event

boat

Sailing Boats

  • 30 July 2015 2-4pm

make a boat to sail on a pond, rock pool or just in the bath

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free drop in event in the grosvenor museum newstead gallery

seaside collage

seaside collage

  • 4 August 2015 2-4pm

using lots of different textures capture the sights and feel of a trip to the beach

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free drop in event

stoneage

Discover the Stone Age

  • 5 August 2015 10:30am-4pm

Discover the Stone Age with Travellers through Time. Meet our Stone Age visitors, see their clothes & tools and food. Have a go at craft activities

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 16-17

Admission

free drop in event Grosvenor museum Newstead gallery
Supported by the Grosvenor Museum Society

prehistoric axe

Prehistoric Axes

  • 6 August 2015 2-4pm

Design and make your own prehistoric axe like the ones used by our ancestors

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free drop in Grosvenor Museum Newstead Gallery

mineral specimen

Magnificent Minerals

  • 11 August 2015 2-4pm

Discover more about the wonderful world of minerals and have a go at making your own mini mineral museum to take home with you

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 7-10

Admission

free drop in event Grosvenor Museum Newstead Gallery

summer holidays

Summer Holidays!

  • 12 August 2015 11am-4pm

Join us for a day all about traditional British holidays as part of the Stephen Clarke: End of Season exhibition. ice-cream tasting, postcard making, create a souvenir

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 7-10

Admission

free drop in event - Grosvenor Museum Galleries

holiday

Holiday Stories

  • 13 August 2015 12-4pm

The Journey Man will be weaving tales all about going on holiday in Britain from funfairs to seaside trips - exhibition gallery 2 upstairs (no lift)

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 5-6

Admission

free 15 minute sessions at 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm

The Journey Man

Tales of Prehistoric Cheshire

  • 13 August 2015 11am-3pm

Join the Journey Man and travel back thousands of years to hear stories of a time when the world was young

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 7-10

Admission

free - 15 minute sessions at 11am, 1pm and 3pm in Exhibition Gallery One on the ground floor

summer holiday

Picturing the British Holiday

  • 17 August 2015 2-3pm

Stephen Clarke's work will be explored here in relation to British artists and photographers

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free lecture

Tudor skittles

Tudor Pastimes

  • 18 August 2015 2-4pm

Try your hand at lots of different Tudor games including skittles, whistles, hobby horses, cup & balls. Make your own game of 9 Mens Morris to take away

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

free drop in - Grosvenor Museum Newstead Gallery

iron age house

How Did they Do That ?

  • 19 August 2015 10:30am-4pm

How did people build before cranes, make tools before metal, make their own clothes ? We'll be running some archaeology experiments - you can decorate a pot to take home

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 5-6

Admission

free drop in event - Newstead Gallery & Exhibition Gallery One

60s dress

Groovy Paper Dolls

  • 20 August 2015 2-4pm

make a fashionable couple from the 1960s and a range of clothes to dress them in. There will also be 60s costumes from our collections on display

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

free drop in event

hillforts

Habitats and Hillforts

  • 22 August 2015 2-3pm

Join archaeologist Dan Garner to examine the fascinating hillforts of the Mid Cheshire plain

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17

Admission

free lecture

prehistoric camping

Prehistoric Camping

  • 25 August 2015 2-4pm

What would a prehistoric camper need to be a 'Glamper' ? try out games crafts and activities to see how people used to live

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

free drop in newstead gallery

animal skull

Discover the Natural World

  • 26 August 2015 10:30am-4pm

Put on your naturalist's hat and find out all about what you can expect to see in the garden. Make an animal collage to take home

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

free drop in

pinwheel

Fabulous Pinwheels

  • 27 August 2015 2-4pm

Make a windmill to put on top of your sandcastle next time you go to the beach

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

free drop in

poulton

The Poulton Project

  • 9 September 2015 2-3pm

Kevin Cootes project archaeologist presents new discoveries and examines interpretation for this fascinating multi period site

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free lecture

End of Season

Holiday-ed in North Wales

  • 17 September 2015 2-3pm

This talk will explore Stephen Clarkes project including the End of the Season exhibition

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free lecture

bike man

Victorian Harvest weekend

  • 26 — 27 September 2015 12-5pm

Celebrate traditional Harvest with apple pressing (bring your own) butter making, corn dollies, recipes music and 'the wonders of the bicycle'.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Mill tour is £3 but the activities are all free

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Roman Tour in progress

Roman Tours

We now have armour which the children can wear whilst on the Roman Soldier guided tours. This gives scope for the imagination and allows the children to feel more involved in the experience.

How to obtain

To obtain further information and to book tours please ring Lorna Kernahan Moore on 01244 972120, Kate Harland on 01244 972066 or Fran Bray on 01244 972089

Romans

Teacher Packs

Teaching Packs

How to obtain

Ring 01244 972120 and ask for Lorna Kernahan Moore to make a school booking, or for the Education department call 01244 972066 to speak to Kate Harland, or Fran Bray on 01244 972089.

Grosvenor Museum
27 Grosvenor Street
Chester
Cheshire
CH1 2DD
England

Website

www.grosvenormuseum.co.uk

E-mail

ruth.marshall@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Telephone

General Switchboard

01244 972197

Central Office

01244 972109

Education/School Bookings

01244 72120

Fax

01244 347587

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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