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 &...

Memento Mori: Tombs and Memorials in Cheshire

Event until 24.02.2019 17:00

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...

Dead Normal: Death in Everyday Life

Event on 27.10.2018 10:30

Death is a universal occurence - people have always died, and still do. The ways we have thought about and interacted with death depend on manyb factorsand have changed over time. This exhibition...

Film screening of "Coco"

Event on 27.10.2018 11:00

This beautifully animated film is simultaneously life -affirming and death-obsessed. Young Miguel dreams of becoming a musician and finds himself in the stunning sand colourdful Land of the Dead. He...

Dancing Skeletons

Event on 29.10.2018 12:30

Make a jointed cardboard skeleton with a bright headdress and skirt and dance your way to Halloween! There is a free film showing of the Disney/ Pixar film Coco in the Lecture theatre beforehand....

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