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

Poulton - An Archaeological Landscape

Event until 05.11.2017 16:45

Poulton is a small farming hamlet just outside Chester with a fascinating archaeological story to tell. Over the past twenty years, archaeologists from the Poulton Research Project have been...

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 &...

Roman Hoards of Cheshire

Event until 01.10.2017 16:45

This small exhibition features amazing Roman Hoards including the recently discovered Malpas & Frodsham Hoards, on loan from the National Museums Liverpool. Hoards like this help us explore life in...

Modern Watercolours

Event until 22.10.2017 16:45

For centuries, British painters have excelled in the art of watercolour. Artists today are no less skilled, but have expanded the range of media to include gouache, acrylic & ink as well as pure...

Design Art Deco Stationery

Event on 22.08.2017 14:00

Our newly acquired portrait of Sybil, Lady Rocksavage, shows the glamour of the 1920's. Take inspiration from the geometric elegance of the period's Art Deco style & design your own decorative...

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