Perfect as a day out for the whole family, the Grosvenor Museum is great for those with a heightened sense of curiosity with a vast array of artefacts that lets visitors find out about the history, places and people of West Cheshire.
The Museum is chock full of surprises which tell the stories of the county’s development, all the way from pre-history right up to the modern day. Being located on Grosvenor Street, one of the oldest roads in the city, the museum is just a stone’s throw from the centre of Chester and is en route to the city walls, as well as only a short walk from even older features such as the Amphitheatre and Roman Gardens.
Situated close to the very heart of the city, the museum building was purpose-built in the Victorian era, and opened in 1886 to hold the collections of a number of local collectors. Many of these Natural History and Archaeological collections are still on display today.
There is a gallery dedicated to silver (cunningly named the Silver Gallery), which holds an entire collection of over 400 pieces of Chester-made silver. This local collection includes items such as ceremonial platters, trophies and church silver. In amongst the artefacts are even the baby’s rattle and teether from a rich Chester family!
Built from Ruabon red brick with sandstone dressings, the museum also has a red tile roof in free Renaissance style, making it a very striking piece of architecture among the wider range of Chester buildings. There are a number of carvings that are part of the building too, such as peacocks and the city’s Coat of Arms.
Welcoming over 100,000 visitors a year, the Grosvenor Museum houses a number of collections, a number of galleries, a number of Roman tombstones, and there is even an onsite Education Service which provides local children with the opportunity to learn a lot more about the city in which they live.
The staff are incredibly passionate about conserving all of the artefacts and collections, and are always friendly and helpful when it comes to any questions that may arise on a trip to the Grosvenor. Throughout the year, there is a varied programme of holiday activities, films, lectures and events that are open to all, making sure that the museum provides something for everyone, and becomes a central part of maintaining Chester’s history, while being a key attraction as part of its future.
There is a small café at the museum offering hot and cold drinks, and small snacks. For something more substantial there are many cafes, restaurants and pubs just a short distance from the doors of the museum.