Grosvenor Museum


Chester

Monday - Saturday - 10.30am - 5pm
Sunday - 1 – 4pm

About this Museum


The Grosvenor Museum tells the story of Chester from pre-history to the present day. The museum has particularly strong collections of material relating to Roman life in Chester, including an internationally important collection of Roman tombstones which were found in the 19th century having been reused in the city walls.

The museum also contains an art gallery with very fine painting and sculpture by regional artists with landscapes of Cheshire and North Wales. The gallery benefits from regular loans from the Duke of Westminster’s outstanding art collection. The Ridgway Silver Gallery showcases the best of a collection of hallmarked Chester silver, from race trophies to church plate. The museum’s period house features decorative styles and furniture from the Stuarts to the 1920s, highlighting changes in living conditions throughout the centuries.

The Grosvenor also has a natural history gallery focused on flora and fauna of the Cheshire area.

  • The museum’s connection with the Dukes of Westminster dates back to its creation – the museum was named after Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, the first Duke of Westminster, who donated a portion of the site and part of the building costs.
  • The museum contains the only known specimen of a dox in the world – a dog/fox hybrid.
  • Fragments of hacksilver and ingots from the Castle Esplanade hoard are displayed at the museum. This is one of the most important late Saxon hoards found in Britain, and was found by workmen digging near Chester Castle in 1950.
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Address

27 Grosvenor Street
Chester
CH1 2DD

Prices

Prices

Free admission

Contact

Contact

01244 972 197

Visit info

Length of visit

1-2 hours

Activities

Free children’s quizzes available for the Roman galleries. Period house explorer backpacks available from reception. Family friendly activities available during school holidays.

Tours and activities for schools and groups with costumed re-enactors available to book.

Facilities

Gift shop selling Chester/Roman souvenirs, stationery, sweets, books and cards.

No café but a hot drinks machine is available.

Lecture theatre available to hire for conferences, film screenings and events.

Photography

Permits are available from reception for £1. Flash is not permitted in the art gallery.

Access

Accessible toilet is available on the ground floor.
Parking spaces outside the museum for blue badge holders.

Getting there
By car:

Follow signs from Chester city centre
Nearest parking is pay and display at Little Roodee

By train:

Nearest station is Chester

Mooring Points:

Chester Canal, off Frodsham Street