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Cheshire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Cheshire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Cheshire Museums and Galleries

blank tabNATIONAL WATERWAYS MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4FW

Unlock the wonders of our waterways at National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port. With its delightful waterside setting, flotillas of historic boats and fascinating displays housed in fine Victorian buildings; the museum is a great day out whatever the weather. Visitors can take a boat trip through an industrial landscape, visit the museum blacksmith and explore traditional narrow boats and homes through the ages, complete with cottage gardens. There are family activities every school holiday and events from the Easter Boat Gathering to Santa Cruises.

blank tabWARRINGTON MUSEUM & ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Bold Street, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 1JG
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The Museum and Art Gallery offers material on the natural world including hands-on activities in the Earth's History Gallery and Warrington's very own dinosaur.

The local and social history galleries featuring displays on the industries that shaped Warrington.

The Art Galleries feature work by internationally famous artists, which are displayed throughout the building.

We have regular exhibitions, activities, events and talks.
Tel: 01925 442396    Fax: 01925 443257
E-mail: museum@culturewarrington.org
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blank tabNANTWICH MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Pillory Street, Nantwich, Cheshire, CW5 5BQ
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Nantwich Museum is full of fascinating displays that reveal the history of the ancient market town of Nantwich together with a Cheshire Cheese making room and the new Millennium Gallery for temporary exhibitions.

A permanent exhibition for the unique 13th century Nantwich salt ship.

We have regular Special Events including talks, workshops and tours of the town.

Holiday activities for children. School visits welcome.
Tel: 01270 627104
E-mail: enquiries@nantwichmuseum.org.uk
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blank tabSILK MUSEUMS IN MACCLESFIELDMuseums & Galleries
Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6TJ

The Silk Museums in Macclesfield tell the definitive story of silk. Compelling exhibits on three sites show a working Victorian Silk Mill, costume and silk manufacturing displays. Demonstrations of jacquard handloom weaving, exhibitions of textiles and costume, models, audio visual programme and graphics. Tea-room and large shop specialising in local silk goods. This hands on experience allows children and grown ups to understand the story of silk from cocoon to catwalk! Featured in the Museum of the Year awards and on TV. Assistance is required for wheelchair access to the 3rd gallery.
Tel: 01625 612045    Fax: 01625 612048
E-mail: info@silkmacclesfield.org.uk
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blank tabTHE SALT MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
162 London Road, Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 8AB

Britain's only Salt Museum tells the fascinating story of Cheshire's oldest industry. Salt is essential to so many things in life - isn't it time that you found out why! Also temporary exhibition programme. Well signposted from the A556 and from Northwich town centre.
Tel: 01606 271640    Fax: 01606 350420
E-mail: cheshiremuseums@cheshire.gov.uk
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Cookoo Land

The Old School House, Chester Rd, Tabley, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0HL
Tel: 01565 633039   E-mail: cuckoolanduk@btinternet.com

Largest collection of over 600 antique cuckoo clocks. Five fairground organs, 12 trumpeter clocks and tools all from the Black Forest. Collection of vintage motorcycle's outfits.

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Bollington Discovery Centre

Canal 5, Clarence Mill, Clarence Road, Bollington, SK10 5JZ
Tel: 01625 572985     E-mail: discover@happy-valley.org.uk

An introduction to the heritage of Bollington told through a programme of displays and exhibitions.

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Gossage Building, Mersey Road, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7HP
Tel: 0151 420 1121     Fax: 0151 495 2030
E-mail: foh@catalyst.org.uk

The only museum/science centre in Europe to have chemistry as the main theme with four interactive galleries featuring  over 100 different exhibits.

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Macclesfield Heritage Centre

Park Lane,Macclesfield,Cheshire,SK11 6TJ
Tel: 01625 612045    Fax: 01625 612048
E-mail: info@macclesfield.silk.museum

The Heritage Centre houses the Silk Museum, the Silk Shop, the Victorian Schoolroom and the Mulberry Tree Coffee Shop.

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Norton Priory Museum & Gardens

Tudor Road, Manor Park, Runcorn, Cheshire, WA7 1SX
Tel: 01928 569895     E-mail: info@nortonpriory.org

Award-winning 2.5 acre Georgian Walled Garden and museum, with displays relating to the priory canons, with examples of medieval crafts that show what life was like for the inhabitants of a medieval monastic community.

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West Park Museum

Prestbury Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 3BJ
Tel: 01625 613210    Fax: 01625 617880
E-mail: info@macclesfield.silk.museum

A range of fine and decorative art materials and objects, relating to local history. There's also a collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities.

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