Grosvenor Museum

The Grosvenor Museum houses collections exploring the history of Chester, its art and silver heritage, and its natural history. There is a year round programme of special exhibitions and events, with an inspiring service for schools.

The Grosvenor Museum was built in 1885-6 to house the collections of the Chester Archaeological Society and the Chester Society of Natural Science, Literature and Art, together with schools of Science and Art. It was designed by the Chester Architect Thomas Meakin Lockwood.

The museum is named after Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, 1st Duke of Westminster, who donated a portion of the site in Grosvenor Street and part of the building costs; the rest of the costs were met by public appeal.

At the rear of the museum you will find 20 Castle Street, the Museum’s Period House. The house was built around 1680 and its staircase with ‘barley sugar’ banisters dates from this time. It has been part of the Grosvenor Museum since 1955 and is now displayed as a sequence of nine period rooms dated from 1680 to 1925.

Exhibitions and events

Unexpected Elegance: Female fashion from the 1970's

Event until 07.07.2019 16:30

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 &...

Right Here, Right Now: 21st-Century Art

Event until 08.05.2018 17:00

Arranged around the themes of people and animals, landscapes and buildings, still life, faith and abstraction, the exhibition celebrates the quality and diversity of art made since the year 2000. The...

Sam Ryley:Finding the Wild

Event until 11.03.2018 16:00

Sam Ryley is a Chester based photographer who over the last five years has taken on the challenge of becoming a wildlife photographer.His focus is on the wildlife of the United Kingdom, and so far...

From Icon to Red Square: Paintings by Adrian Sumner, inspired by the art of Russia

Event until 07.05.2018 17:00

The Russian Avant- Garde created radical and prophetic art which dealt with aspects of the country's society at a time of revolutionary change in the early 20th century. This exhibition explores the...

Emoji Badges

Event on 20.02.2018 14:00

Influenced by the art of Julian Opie, come and make a badge based on that 21st - century icon, the Emoji. Suitable for 5-6 7-10 11-13 Admission Admission Free, suggested donation £1.50

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