West Park Museum was purpose built to house the Egyptian collections of Victorian explorer Marianne Brocklehurst, daughter of the Macclesfield mill owner, John Brocklehurst. Marianne made several journeys to Egypt with her friend, Mary Booth, during which she collected artefacts and kept a detailed diary which included watercolour paintings of her travels. The collection was brought back to her home in Macclesfield, and as a result the town now hosts a highly significant collection of Egyptology.
The museum also contains displays on local history and fine art.
- The museum includes works by the artist Charles Tunnicliffe, famous as the original illustrator of Tarka the Otter.
- Many Macclesfield people remember the giant panda from their childhood. It was donated to the museum by Captain Henry Brocklehurst who had shot the panda in China in 1935.