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.
Closed 24, 25 & 26 December, 1 January & Good Friday
Free. Suggested donation £3 per person.
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.
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
Unexpected Elegance: Female fashion from the 1970's
- 8 July 2017 — 7 July 2019 *on now
The 1970's are often called the "decade that taste forgot", but the dresses in this small exhibition show that this was far from true. From minis to midis & maxis, in fabrics ranging from cotton & corduroy to polyester & fake leopard - skin, with designs by Ossie Clark, Givenchy & Zandra Rhodes we celebrate some of the more subtle pleasures of 1970's fashions,
- Family friendly
Free but suggested donation £3
Michael Sandle: Monumental Rage
- 19 May — 7 October 2018 *on now
Professor Michael Sandle RA, who studied at Chester School of Art, is widely recognised as one of the finest sculptors in the world, and is also a brilliant draughtsman and printmaker. Appropriately for the year in which we commemorate the centenary of the end of the Great War, his powerful work explores the themes of violence, war, death and memorialisation. In direct response to the horrors of our age, his work presents a passionate critique of the abuse of power in global conflict, politics and culture, and the accompanying cynicicsm and hypocrisy.
Admission Free, suggested donation £3
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
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.
27 Grosvenor Street