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.

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Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1030-1700
Sun 1300-1600

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

Admission charges


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.

Minis & More: Female Fashion from the Swinging 60s

  • 11 July 2015 — 1 May 2017 *on now

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

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


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


In Good Humour: Disease, Doctors & Dying in the Roman World

  • 9 July — 6 November 2016 *on now

This promises to be a blockbuster exhibition with international loans - take a closer look at the Roman world's treatment of illness and death

Suitable for

  • Family friendly




Minted: making Money and Meaning

  • 23 July — 16 October 2016 *on now

This exhibition looks at how money was made, how it was used by those who created it and what it meant to the people who owned it

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


free - exhibition gallery 2 - 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.
The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game (12A)

  • 28 September 2016 7-9pm *on now

Based on the real life story of Alan Turing, mathematician and code breaker at Bletchley Park, who helped to break the German Enigma Code and gain Victory in WWII

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


£3 pay on the door

Jazz Age

The Face of the Jazz Age

  • 29 September 2016 1:30-3:30pm

Join Adrian Sumner to explore Art Deco portraiture

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 18+


£3 pay on door

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


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




General Switchboard

01244 972197

Central Office

01244 972109

Education/School Bookings

01244 72120


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.