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
Memento Mori: Tombs and Memorials in Cheshire
- 17 October 2018 — 24 February 2019 *on now
As we remember the centenary of the end of the Great War, this exhibition presents watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs and sculpture showing how Cheshire commemorated its dead from the Romans to the present day. With tombstones, tomb-chests and mural slabs, public sculptures, cenotaphs and a shrine, the imagery of commemoration ranges across the centuries with knights and their ladies, parents and their children, skeletons and skulls, heraldry, saints and angels.
Free entry to museum suggested donation £3 per person.
Dead Normal: Death in Everyday Life
- 27 October 2018 — 22 April 2019 *on now
Death is a universal occurrence - people have always died, and still do. The ways we have thought about and interacted with death depend on many factors and have changed over time. This exhibition explores the ways different cultures and communities have tried to make sense of the end of life, mourned their loved ones, and chosen to remember them.
Free entry to museum suggested donationn £3 per person.
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