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The Grosvenor Museum in Chester, Chester

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Celebrate the rich history of Chester at the The Grosvenor Museum in Chester. The free museum, opened in 1886, houses collections of Roman artifacts, musical instruments, artwork, and decor, all pertaining to early life in Chester. Admire the largest public collection of Louise Rayner paintings or the standing exhibit of original Roman tombstones. Don’t miss touring the three-story townhouse decorated in Victorian-style located behind the gift shop. Pack a lunch or plan to eat at one of the pubs in town as the museum has no onsite cafe. To visit The Grosvenor Museum in Chester and other attractions in Chester, use our Chester itinerary builder.
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  • We came here this last week. The museum was brilliant lots of great information from the Romans right through to a nice replica of a house which you can walk around with rooms dating from stuarts thro...  more »
  • Popped in with my young daughters before walking the walls. A good intro to the Romans. Amongst other interesting things.  more »
  • This museum is excellent, the silverware was wonderful and many exhibits in other areas to interest everyone and it is free.  more »
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  • Went as a parent helper on a school trip and even I learned a few things I didn't already know. Very interesting and gets kids actively involved. Great day.
  • Surprisingly pack with different areas of interest. On the lower floor is the remnants of the Roman influences excavated within Chester. A history of the Chester silver trade and a display of local artist paint works. Donations on entry and £1.permit to take photos.
  • Great free entrance museum. Lots of interesting local facts and displays from Roman times to Victorian. Slightly dated but still well worth a visit
  • Very, very disappointing. No offence or discredit to the curators who, I'm sure, work hard with what they've got, but what they've got simply is not a lot. This is a fantastic city, steeped in history, with a fabulous story to tell ... and the museum just doesn't do it. Once a bigger port than Liverpool. Was a garrison to thousands of Roman soldiers. Played its part in the Civil War. Created the unique and breathtaking Rows. Has a truly magnificent cathedral and a wonderful amphitheatre. Where is the journey? What are the discoveries? Who shaped its history? How and when? Why did they choose tourism over commerce? There is so much to say about Chester ... that simply isn't here and that is so very sad. I left the museum feeling totally unfulfilled. I wanted Chester's story captured in a uniquely fulfilling museum experience and I got none of that. For shame on Chester's council!!! You have to do more, much more, to tell Chester's story to its visitors, not simply sit back and say: "Well, there it all is - just look around you." Put your hands in your pockets and create something truly memorable and magnificent, as befits a city rich in history, pomp and majesty. York puts you truly to shame.
  • This taught me alot and I loved exploring about another cities history!