Grosvenor Museum

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

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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
rayner

Louise Rayner:Victorian watercolours

  • 24 January — 19 April 2015 *on now

Louise Rayner presents a uniquely charming vision of Chester in Victorian Times. Her father and sister were also artists and their watercolours are included in the exhibition Exhibition gallery two - upstairs (no disabled access)

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free

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

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

Disley

Frances Disley Exhibition Launch

  • 2 May 2015 2-4pm

Frances invites you to join her to see how she creates her work and get a chance to create your own. Frances will demonstrate the intricacies of linocutting and building layers of colour. There will be an opportunity to print using some linocuts made specially for this event

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • 18+

Admission

free drop in

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

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

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.
rainbow

Rainbow in the Museum

  • 7 April 2015 2-4pm

Make a section for this piece of vivid installation art which will hang in the museum for one day only. Made entirely by our visitors from laminated cellophane. This will reflect the rainbow of colours in our Open Art Exhibition

Suitable for

  • Any age
Mary Bird

Crime & Punishment in Victorian Chester

  • 8 April 2015 11am-4pm

Free drop in - come and meet some of the characters from Chester's criminal past. Help the judge decide their fate in court. Copies of their records to view. Court cases at 11.30am, 2pm & 3.30pm

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

free event

kittens

Clay Cats

  • 9 April 2015 2pm

Will you make a tall skinny cat or a short dumpy curled up one ? All clay provided - just bring your imagination!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10
  • 14-15

Admission

free drop in

Gamul House

Shopping in Victorian Chester

  • 14 April 2015 2-4pm

Take this chance to glimpse into Louise Rayner's shopping city, with archives and objects in the museum, plus a family city tour.

Suitable for

  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17

Admission

free walk around Chester - leaves at 2.30 from the Grosvenor Museum Newstead Gallery

punch & judy

Punch & Judy

  • 15 April 2015 11am-4pm

Professor Andrew Clarkson presents a magical experience with his live authentic Victorian puppet show. First come first served so come early to avoid disappointment.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • Any age

Admission

£1 pay on the door. Three performances in the Lecture Theatre (accessible) at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. First come first served so come early to avoid disappointment

water lilies

Water Lily Masterpieces

  • 16 April 2015 2-4pm

The French Impressionist Monet was inspired to paint the water lilies in his garden many times over. Make your own water lily masterpiece to be part of our museum display

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free drop in

Fanny & Charles

Charles Darwin's 'La Belle Fanny' the life & loves of Fanny Myddleton

  • 16 April 2015 7:30-9pm

Jill Burton Education officer at Chirk Castle, explores the more personal life of Charles Darwin and Fanny Owen who later married into the Myddleton family of Chirk Castle.

Many of the letters still remain, revealing the un-orthodox behaviour that enraptured the young Darwin. “Fanny Owen was Darwin’s first love and the sister of his school friend William Owen,” she said. “Darwin’s mother died when he was young and his life was sombre. But he fell in love with Fanny and the couple went riding together and would gorge themselves on strawberries in fields – behaviour that was most unusual for a young lady in Jane Austen times.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

Grosvenor Museum Society members free, Non members £4, students £2 with valid card

jeff koons

The Hidden Persuaders: A New New Look at Contemporary Art

  • 13 May 2015 1:30-3:30pm

Adrian Sumner looks at the changing face of the art scene now, and the expensive make up it slaps on to cover the cracks. All the way from Zaha Hadid to Jeff Koons & Lady Gaga - not forgetting Jack Vettriano

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£3 please pay on door to Lecture theatre

Open art

Open Art Exhibition Tour

  • 20 May 2015 2-3pm

Join Peter Boughton the Keeper of Art for a guided tour of The Grosvenor Museum's 11th Open Art Exhibition. Come and enjoy the variety of the region's art and see if you agree with the judges!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

free exhibition gallery one on the ground floor

treasure chest

Roman Treasure Chests

  • 26 May 2015 2-4pm

Make and decorate your own treasure chest and fill it with chocolate coins

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 11-13

Admission

free drop in activity

Frances Disley

Make an Art Installation with Frances Disley

  • 27 May 2015 2-4pm

Work with artist Frances Disley to help create an installation which will go on display in the museum's entrance hall. Inspired by our collections, you will have the opportunity to create your own work using collage and print techniques. This event is open to all ages from children to adults

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

free drop in event

baby bird

A Walk in the Park

  • 28 May 2015 2-4pm

Be inspired by the natural history collection in the museum and take a walk in the park with experts from Cheshire Wildlife Trust

Suitable for

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

Admission

free walk leave the museum at 2.15pm for the park

cardboard house

The Giant Cardboard House

  • 29 May 2015 2-4pm

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

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

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+
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.

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