List of museums in Cheshire

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In this list of museums in Cheshire, England, museums are defined as institutions (including non-profit organisations, government entities and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific or historical interest, and that make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (virtual museums) are not included.

Many Cheshire museums focus on the area's industrial heritage, including Quarry Bank Mill in Styal and Clarence Mill in Bollington (cotton), the Macclesfield Museums (silk), the Catalyst Science Discovery Centre in Widnes (chemicals), and the Lion Salt Works in Marston and Weaver Hall Museum in Northwich (salt). The Anson Engine Museum in Poynton is on the site of a former colliery. Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre, on the site of the observatory in Lower Withington, explores astronomy. There are also several transport museums, including the Crewe Heritage Centre (railways), the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port and the Anderton Boat Lift (canals). There are water-powered mills at Bunbury, Nether Alderley and Stretton.

The cities of Chester and Warrington each have a combined museum and art gallery, and the towns of Congleton and Nantwich have local museums. Norton Priory is the remains of an Augustinian abbey, and Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum documents the Primitive Methodist movement. Historic house museums are also represented in the county, including Little Moreton Hall and Lyme Park. Cheshire Military Museum in Chester Castle covers the county's regimental history, and RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre and Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker explore more recent military history. The Museum of Policing in Warrington documents Cheshire's police forces. Unusual specialist museums include Cuckooland Museum, which exhibits cuckoo clocks.

Museums and galleries[edit]

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Name Image Location Type Summary Refs
Adlington Hall Courtyard from the south-west.jpg Adlington Historic house Country house dating in part from the 15th century, with gardens [1][2]
Anderton Boat Lift Anderton Boat Lift 8.jpg Anderton Transportation Boat lift and visitor centre for the meeting of the River Weaver and Trent and Mersey Canal [3]
Anson Engine Museum Ruston Hornsby engine 1927 engine of 25 hp IMG 2562.JPG Poynton Technology Collection of stationary engines, blacksmith's smithy and carpentry shop; housed on the site of a former colliery [4]
Arley Hall Arley hall.jpg Arley Historic house Early Victorian Jacobethan mansion (1833–41) and chapel, with formal gardens and farm [5]
Bollington Discovery Centre Clarence Mill, Bollington, Cheshire - - 574490.jpg Bollington Industry Local cotton industry, located in Clarence Mill; also canals, local history and art [6][7]
Beeston Castle Beeston Castle 2016 017.jpg Beeston Castle Ruined 12th Century castle with museum [8]
Bunbury Mill Bunbury Mill - - 205663.jpg Bunbury Mill Restored mid-19th-century water-powered mill; also wildlife pool [9]
Capesthorne Hall Capesthorne Hall.jpg Siddington Historic house Jacobean-style house, Georgian Chapel, gardens, parkland [10]
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre Catalyst 1.jpg Widnes Science Chemistry, history of the chemical industry [11]
Cheshire Military Museum Chester Castle - Outer bailey - A Block Side.JPG Chester Military History of Cheshire's regiments, located in the former barracks at Chester Castle [12]
Congleton Museum Congleton Museum front.JPG Congleton Local Local history [13]
Crewe Heritage Centre APT (8920678577).jpg Crewe Railway and Local Trains, locomotives, signal boxes, miniature railways; located on the site of the Crewe Locomotive Works [14]
Cuckooland Museum Cuckooland Museum clocks by Kirsty Davies.jpg Tabley Horology Cuckoo clocks [15]
Dewa Roman Experience Dewa Roman Experience, Chester. - - 103586.jpg Chester History Roman British artifacts, reconstructed Roman legionary fortress buildings [16]
Dorfold Hall Dorfold Hall, Acton.jpg Acton Historic house Jacobean house, gardens, woodland [17]
Dunham Massey Hall Dunham Massey 2015 105.jpg Dunham Massey Historic House Grade I listed historic house with extensive gardens and grounds [18]
Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum Weston - Englesea-brook Methodist Chapel.jpg Englesea-Brook Religious History of the 19th century working-class religious movement of Primitive Methodism [19]
Gawsworth Old Hall Gawsworth Old Hall.jpg Gawsworth Historic house Black-and-white timber-framed manor house [20]
Grosvenor Museum Grosvenor Museum - - 1335188.jpg Chester Multiple Roman heritage, art, musical instruments, natural history, Victorian parlour, local history [21]
Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker.jpg Hack Green Military Former government-owned nuclear bunker with Cold War and military exhibits [22]
Hadlow Road railway station Hadlow Road station 2018.jpg Willaston Railway museum Recreation of the station office on the day the station closed, located on the Wirral Way [23]
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Lovell Telescope.jpg Lower Withington Science Lovell radio telescope, planet and space exhibitions, orrery, solar system model, aboretum [24][25]
Lion Salt Works Lion Salt Works.jpg Marston Industry Working open-pan salt works and museum, with rebuilt stove house, salt pan, smithy, engine house and brine tank [26]
Little Moreton Hall Little Moreton Hall - - 433651.jpg Congleton Historic house Moated 15th-century half-timbered manor house; operated by the National Trust [27]
Lyme Park Lyme Hall 01.jpg Disley Historic house Mansion house with furnished rooms including tapestries and the Lyme Caxton Missal; formal gardens and deer park; operated by the National Trust [28]
Macclesfield Museums Macclesfield Heritage Centre, former Sunday School.JPG Macclesfield Industry Four museums about the local silk industry, including the Silk Museum on Park Lane, Paradise Mill, Heritage Centre, and the West Park Museum [29]
Nantwich Museum Nantwich Museum, and the entrance to The Cocoa Yard - - 1566295.jpg Nantwich Local Local history including Cheshire's role in the Civil War, local salt, cheese, clothing, shoe and clock-making industries, and art [30]
National Waterways Museum EP Boat Museum.jpg Ellesmere Port Transport Canal boats, history of the canals [3]
Nether Alderley Mill Nether Alderley Mill 2.jpg Nether Alderley Mill Victorian water-powered corn mill; operated by the National Trust [31]
Norton Priory Museum Norton Priory arcade.jpg Runcorn Religious 12–16th-century abbey and 18th-century country house with ruins, archaeological artifacts and medieval history [32]
Peover Hall Peover Hall.jpg Peover Superior Historic house Grade II* listed Elizabethan brick house dating from 1585 and 18th-century landscaped park [33]
Quarry Bank Mill Quarry Bank Mill.jpg Styal Industry Former cotton mill and textile museum; operated by the National Trust [34]
RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre.jpg Burtonwood Military Site of former US air base, with exhibits on life at the base as well as aeroplanes and engines [35]
Rode Hall and Gardens Rode Hall - - 1533765.jpg Congleton Historic house Grade II* listed Georgian country house and gardens [36]
Stretton Watermill Stretton water mill.jpg Stretton Mill Working water mill, first recorded in 1351 [37]
Tabley House Tabley Hall 4.jpg Knutsford Historic house 18th-century Grade I listed house with fine art and furniture collection [38]
Tatton Hall Tatton Hall.jpg Knutsford Historic house Part of Tatton Park, early 19th-century house with collections of pictures, books, china, glass, silver and Gillows furniture; operated by the National Trust [39]
The Museum of Policing in Cheshire Warrington Law enforcement Includes murder weapons, forgeries, pigeon carriers, uniforms, a Doctor Who police box, photographs and records [40]
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery Front of Museum.jpg Warrington Multiple Natural history, local history, archaeology, fine art, decorative arts [41]
Weaver Hall Museum Salt museum northwich.jpg Northwich Multiple History of salt making, local history, archaeology [42]

Defunct museums and galleries[edit]


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  6. ^ "Discovery Centre". Happy Valley Bollington.
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  8. ^ "Beeston Castle and Woodland Park". English Heritage.
  9. ^ Home, Bunbury Watermill Trust, retrieved 14 July 2012
  10. ^ Capesthorne Hall, Historic Houses Association, retrieved 24 June 2014
  11. ^ "Catalyst Science Discovery Centre - A unique interactive museum for all ages". Catalyst Science Discovery Centre.
  12. ^ Cheshire Military Museum, Culture24, retrieved 18 February 2011
  13. ^ Congleton Museum website
  14. ^ "Crewe Heritage Centre". Crewe Heritage Trust. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Welcome to Cuckooland". Cuckooland Museum. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  16. ^ "Dewa Roman Experience Chester - Museum & tourist attraction".
  17. ^ "Dorfold Hall". Historic Houses. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Dunham Massey". National Trust.
  19. ^ "Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum". 30 April 2010. Archived from the original on 30 April 2010.
  20. ^ Welcome to Gawsworth Hall, a lived in historic house, Gawsworth Hall, archived from the original on 11 July 2011, retrieved 22 February 2011
  21. ^ "Grosvenor Museum". Grosvenor Museum. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  22. ^ "Visit Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker". Hack Green Secret Nuclear Bunker. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
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  26. ^ "The Lion Salt Works, Northwich". Civic Trust Awards. 5 March 2016. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  27. ^ "Little Moreton Hall". National Trust. Archived from the original on 26 April 2011. Retrieved 30 April 2011.
  28. ^ "Lyme Park". National Trust. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  29. ^ "Macclesfield Museums".
  30. ^ "About Nantwich Museum". Nantwich Museum. Retrieved 10 May 2019.
  31. ^ "Nether Alderley Mill". National Trust.
  32. ^ "Norton Priory Museum and Gardens".
  33. ^ England, Historic. "PEOVER HALL, Peover Superior - 1329813 - Historic England".
  34. ^ "Quarry Bank". National Trust.
  35. ^ "RAF Burtonwood Heritage Centre".
  36. ^ "Rode Hall and Gardens".
  37. ^ "Home". Stretton Watermill.
  38. ^ "Tabley House – Historic House".
  39. ^ "Tatton Park". National Trust.
  40. ^ "The Museum of Policing in Cheshire".
  41. ^ "Welcome to Warrington Museum & Art Gallery". Warrington Museum and Art Gallery.
  42. ^ "Home". Weaver Hall Museum and Workhouse.
  43. ^ Neil Mackenzie (Spring 2019). "Spring Season 2019 – Welcome and goodbye!". Axis Arts Centre. Archived from the original on 9 May 2019. Retrieved 9 May 2019.
  44. ^ BBC News: Motoring museum is set to close (accessed 16 January 2013)
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