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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

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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
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
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
Arley Hall Arley hall.jpg Arley Historic house Early Victorian Jacobethan mansion (1833–41) and chapel, with formal gardens and farm
Bollington Discovery Centre Clarence Mill, Bollington, Cheshire - geograph.org.uk - 574490.jpg Bollington Industry Local cotton industry, located in Clarence Mill; also canals, local history and art
Beeston Castle Beeston Castle 2016 017.jpg Beeston Castle Ruined 12th Century castle with museum
Bunbury Mill Bunbury Mill - geograph.org.uk - 205663.jpg Bunbury Mill Restored mid-19th-century water-powered mill; also wildlife pool
Capesthorne Hall Capesthorne Hall.jpg Siddington Historic house Jacobean-style house, Georgian Chapel, gardens, parkland
Catalyst Science Discovery Centre Catalyst 1.jpg Widnes Science Chemistry, history of the chemical industry
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
Congleton Museum Congleton Museum front.JPG Congleton Local Local history
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
Cuckooland Museum Cuckooland Museum clocks by Kirsty Davies.jpg Tabley Horology Cuckoo clocks
Dewa Roman Experience Dewa Roman Experience, Chester. - geograph.org.uk - 103586.jpg Chester History Roman British artifacts, reconstructed Roman legionary fortress buildings
Dorfold Hall Dorfold Hall, Acton.jpg Acton Historic house Jacobean house, gardens, woodland
Dunham Massey Hall Dunham Massey 2015 105.jpg Dunham Massey Historic House Grade I listed historic house with extensive gardens and grounds
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
Gawsworth Old Hall Gawsworth Old Hall.jpg Gawsworth Historic house Black-and-white timber-framed manor house
Grosvenor Museum Grosvenor Museum - geograph.org.uk - 1335188.jpg Chester Multiple Roman heritage, art, musical instruments, natural history, Victorian parlour, local history
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
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
Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre Lovell Telescope.jpg Lower Withington Science Lovell radio telescope, planet and space exhibitions, orrery, solar system model, aboretum
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
Little Moreton Hall Little Moreton Hall - geograph.org.uk - 433651.jpg Congleton Historic house Moated 15th-century half-timbered manor house; operated by the National Trust
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
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
Nantwich Museum Nantwich Museum, and the entrance to The Cocoa Yard - geograph.org.uk - 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
National Waterways Museum EP Boat Museum.jpg Ellesmere Port Transport Canal boats, history of the canals
Nether Alderley Mill Nether Alderley Mill 2.jpg Nether Alderley Mill Victorian water-powered corn mill; operated by the National Trust
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
Peover Hall Peover Hall.jpg Peover Superior Historic house Grade II* listed Elizabethan brick house dating from 1585 and 18th-century landscaped park
Quarry Bank Mill Quarry Bank Mill.jpg Styal Industry Former cotton mill and textile museum; operated by the National Trust
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
Rode Hall and Gardens Rode Hall - geograph.org.uk - 1533765.jpg Congleton Historic house Grade II* listed Georgian country house and gardens
Stretton Watermill Stretton water mill.jpg Stretton Mill Working water mill, first recorded in 1351
Tabley House Tabley Hall 4.jpg Knutsford Historic house 18th-century Grade I listed house with fine art and furniture collection
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
The Museum of Policing in Cheshire Warrington Law enforcement Includes murder weapons, forgeries, pigeon carriers, uniforms, a Doctor Who police box, photographs and records
Warrington Museum & Art Gallery Front of Museum.jpg Warrington Multiple Natural history, local history, archaeology, fine art, decorative arts
Weaver Hall Museum Salt museum northwich.jpg Northwich Multiple History of salt making, local history, archaeology

Defunct museums and galleries

  • Axis Arts Centre, Crewe (formerly Alsager Arts Centre), included an art gallery, closed in spring 2019
  • Chester Toy and Doll Museum, Chester
  • Mouldsworth Motor Museum, Mouldsworth, website, closed in 2013
  • On The Air: Broadcasting Museum, Chester, closed in 2000
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