The museum tells the story of the town of Nantwich, with exhibitions dedicated to Roman salt making, the Great Fire of Tudor Nantwich, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich, cheese making, and the development of the town’s shoe and clothing industries. The Millennium Gallery shows temporary exhibitions by local artists, as well as themed exhibitions developed by the museum.
The museum is located in the Old Town Library, formerly the site of the town jail.
- Nantwich was a key site in the English Civil War. Holes from musket balls can still be seen in the walls of St Mary’s Church.
- Nantwich was an important centre for clockmaking, and the museum has catalogued as many Nantwich clocks as possible.
- On December 10, 1583, a Nantwich brewer living in the Waterlode, accidentally started a blaze which burned for 20 days, destroying 150 houses, inns and other buildings.