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.
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Modern Drawings: Vision & Temperament

  • 22 October 2016 — 15 January 2017 *on now

Dr Tom McGuirk, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Chester, has selected this exhibition from the Grosvenor Museum's Collection of Modern Drawings. The twin themes of the exhibition, "Vision" & "Temperament", are explored through reflection on the chosen drawings, focusing on the insight they provide into the individual artist's vision and, by extension, into how we all see. To peer through another's eyes is to see afresh, so come along and take a look.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission free Suggested donation £3

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Cold Places: Pictures from the Poles by Sue Flood

  • 19 November 2016 — 22 February 2017 *on now

The international award-winning photographer Sue Flood has travelled all over the world, but is drawn back time and time again to the epic beauty of the polar regions. This exhibition showcases photographs from Sue Flood's visits to the Arctic & Antarctic Circles, alongside Inuit pieces from her collection and a selection of her polar survival gear. The whole gives a sense of grandeur, harshness and fragility to be found at the top and bottom of our world, and instils a new respect for the people and animals who live there.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Museum entrance free but suggested donation £3.

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Cold Places: Official opening night

  • 16 December 2016 7:15-9pm

First ever public exhibition opening showcases Sue Flood's breath-taking photographs of the polar regions, documenting the magnificent, severe scenery and the tough lives of the animals and people who live there. Come and meet Sue, who will be giving a short talk at 7.30pm.

Admission

Ticket £8. Book through www.ticketsource.co.uk/westcheshiremuseums.

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Louise Rayner: Victorian Watercolours

  • 21 January — 17 April 2017

The much-loved watercolours of Louise Rayner (1832- 1924) present a uniquely charming vision of Victorian Chester. She delighted in the textures of crumbling plaster, weather-beaten timber, peeling posters and rough cobbles. Her views of Chester's picturesque streets are brought vividly to life with ordinary people going about their daily lives in the sunlit city. Louise Rayner came from a family of artists, and the exhibition includes watercolours by her father Samuel, and sister Margaret.

Admission

Museum entrance free suggested donation £3

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.
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Film: Frozen Sing-A-Long

  • 17 December 2016 11am-1pm

Come and join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Sven, and more of you favourite characters for a Frozen sing -a-long

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, please book through www.experiencechester.co.uk. Running time of film is 1 hour 49 mins..

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Castle Street at Christmas

  • 1 — 31 December 2016 *on now

Take a break fromthe hustle and bustle of Christmas shopping and step back in time to the Christmas of yesteryear. Come and see our period rooms decked out in festive finery, and discover how the people of Cherster have celebrated Christmas over the last 350 years.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Drop -In. Free, suggested donation £3.

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Film: Happy Feet

  • 20 December 2016 11am-1pm

Set deep inside the icy land of Antarctica, two emperor penguins have a baby named Mumble. Hatched upon his feet he has an amazing skill for tap - dancing. However penguins are not supposed to tap-dance! Join Mumble in his dancing adventure.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, book through www.experiencechester.co.uk

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The Winter Revels! Celebrating Christmas the Tudor Way

  • 8 December 2016 7:30-9:30pm *on now

The Winter Revels wee the fun and games played over the Twelve Days of Christmas, whether you were in the highest court of the land or the lowliest village dwelling. This evening's concert with renoned early music group Piva will transport you back to a Tudor Christmas , with C16th music and winter tales.

Admission

Ticketys £8. Book through www.ticketsource.co.uk/westcheshiremuseums.

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Winter Watch Parade

  • 8 December 2016 From 7pm *on now
  • 15 December 2016 From 7pm

This spectacular event is based on Chester's 15th Century tradition of "Setting the Watch", when the city leaders handed over the keys of Chester to the City Watch - the early police force - after processing around the City to ensure it was secure. The Winter Watch parade combines colourful costumes, and a collection of characters to provide a popular festive event. Celebrate Christmas with the Lord of Misrule, devils, and dragons, dancing, and sword fights, and a spectacular fire -breathing finale.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free parade. Begins at Forum shopping Centre.

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Modern Drawings Exhibition Tour

  • 9 December 2016 2-3pm

Join Dr Tom McGuirk, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at the University of Chester, for a tour of the exhibition Modern Drawings: Vision & Temperament. He will reflect on the individual works and discuss what they tell us about how artists interpret the visual environment using the unique medium of drawing, a process combining heightened perception and individual vision.

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

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Inuit Crafts

  • 10 December 2016 12-2pm

Make your own clay Inuit person or polar animal, inspired byy the objects in our Cold Places exhibition.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Drop- In. Free, suggested donation £1.50.

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Film: Polar Express

  • 10 December 2016 11am-4pm
  • 11 December 2016 From 2pm

A young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express. During his adventure he learns about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free, please book through www.experiencechester.co.uk

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Drawing: Seeing through a Temperament

  • 14 December 2016 2-3pm

In conjunction with the exhibition Modern Drawings: Vision an d Temperament, Dr Tom McGuirk will present drawing as a uniquely active and individual way of interpreting our world, and will examine what the artist's individual vision can teach us about how we all see.

Admission

Free, suggested donation £3.

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Penguin Crafts

  • 20 December 2016 12-2pm

Come and make a pen pot, a Christmas card with a moving beak, and some penguin Christmas tree decorations.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop - In. Free, suggested donation £1.50.

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Film: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

  • 22 December 2016 From 4pm

Rudolph is ousted from the reindeer games, meets a host of misfit toys, an elf who wants to be a dentist,and the Abominable Snowman, and saves Christmas by getting Santa's sleigh through the fog with his bright red hooter!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

Free, book through www.experiencechester.co.uk.

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Polar Animal Zoo

  • 6 January 2017 2-4pm

Come and have a look at the breathtaking photographs of Arctic and Antarctic aimals in our Cold Places exhibition, then make your own minature collections of fold -and -stand -up polar bears, penguins, walruses and more.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Drop -In. Free, suggested donation £1.50.

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The Golden Age of the Silver Screen

  • 6 January 2017 1:30-3pm

Join Adrian Sumner to look at Art Deco picture palaces, their diverse architecture outside and in posters, pin-ups, vamps and matinee-idols and the set-and costume designers who served them. With examples from near and far, in living colour and sparkling black and white, explore the dream factories around the world whose flickering silver shadows became the perfect antidote to the Great Depression.

Admission

Pay at door. £3.

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Cold Places with Sue Flood

  • 10 January 2017 1:30-2:30pm

Sue Flood's polar adventures as a wildlife filmmaker and photographer have taken her from the North Pole to the Antarctic, and above and below the icy waves. Come and discover just what makes these Cold Places so special and why Sue loves them so much.

Admission

Tickets £7 or all three Sue Flood talks for £15. Please book through www.ticketsource.co.uk/westcheshiremuseums.

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From A(rctic) to Z(ambia) with Sue Flood

  • 12 January 2017 1:30-2:30pm

Hear about the adventures of wildlife photographer Sue Flood, including the good, the bad and the downright scary. Decide for yourself if wildlife and travel photography is as glamourous as it sounds. Hint sometimes it definitely isn't.

Admission

Ticket £7, or all three Sue Flood talks for £15. Please book through www.ticketsource.co.uk/westcheshiremuseums.

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Digital Photography Masterclass with Sue Flood

  • 13 January 2017 1:30-2:30pm

Join the award-winning international photographer Sue Flood for tips on framing and composition, to improve your photography and help you to take photos with a difference.

Admission

Ticket £7 or all three Sue Flood talks for £15. Please book through www.ticketsource.co.uk/westcheshiremuseums.

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

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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@cheshirewest.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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