AboutThe Museum tells the Story of Chesterfield, from its beginnings as a Roman fort on Ryknield Street to the building of the ‘Crooked Spire’ Church and its growth as a market town. The Museum also reflects the town’s important industrial heritage, tracing the development of coal mining and local industries. Cjesterfield’s most famous Victorian resident, George Stephenson, the ‘Father of the Railways’ is also featured.
Children can follow the trail around the Museum and make discoveries of their own, then add pictures to the Your Gallery display.
The Art Gallery often features the work of Joseph Syddall from Old Whittington, once described as 'the best draughtsman in England'. Syddall was asked to illustrate Thomas Hardy's novel 'Tess of the D'Urbevilles' when it appeared in the Graphic Magazine.
The Museum has a changing programme of exhibitions and events.
Coach parties accepted by prior arrangement.
Please make a donation if you can
- Other Awards Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2020
- Visit England VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019
- Disabled access - Scroll down the page for our full Accessibility Guide
- Disabled toilets
- Wheelchairs available
- Baby changing facilities
- Children welcome
- Parking with charge - Nearest parking at St Mary's Gate Car Park
- Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
- Gift shop
- Public toilets
- Smoking not allowed
- Welcome Host
- Accepts groups
- Coach parties accepted
* Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak the Museum is closed until further notice.
You can find out more about the Museum, our collection and the history of Chesterfield via our website www.chesterfield.gov.uk/museum
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good39
- rachelB6766WJTrip Type:FamilyFantastic staffThursday, 16th January 2020Me and my family recently went to this museum and there was a gentleman who worked there, who was fantastic. He gave us a lot of information about the things on display and about Chesterfield in... Read full review
- Tim PTrip Type:FamilyGreat local museum.Monday, 27th January 2020Run by the local council. Free entry. Stuff for the kids to do and educational as well. Interesting history for all ages. Read full review
- burtandjoyceNottinghamA little gem.Monday, 24th February 2020A very friendly and helpful welcome to this small museum of the social history of Chesterfield. What an important town it was in the past. The current exhibition about lives of some remarkable... Read full review
Map & Directions
Museum is in Chesterfield town centre. It has no car park so directions below are to nearest car park.
Leave M1 at junction 29 and follow A617 to Chesterfield (approx 4 miles). At traffic light controlled roundabout select middle lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select middle lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in left lane and take first left (Beetwell Street). Multi-storey car park on right.
For surface car parks, at 2nd roundabout select right lane and take 2nd exit (Lordsmill Street). Keep in right hand lane and at traffic lights turn right (Spa Lane). Take first left and left again into St Mary’s Gate Car Park.
Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.
Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Lidl on left) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At next roundabout select left lane and take 1st exit (Lordsmill Street), then follow route from North/South.
Accessible by Public Transport: Chesterfield station is 0 miles away.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest train station Chesterfield, 5 minutes walk away
Any bus to Chesterfield town centre
This information is self-assessed; therefore we accept no liability for its accuracy. Please contact the venue for further information.