Nantwich Museum


 Nantwich Museum

The Museum front on Pillory Street, Nantwich

The fascinating history of one of Cheshire’s most attractive and historic towns is brought to life by Nantwich Museum, founded in January 1980. (The building was formerly Nantwich Public Library which stood on the site of a gaol.) Located in Pillory Street, at the heart of the town, the museum has main galleries telling the story of Nantwich through the ages – Roman salt making, Tudor Nantwich’s Great Fire, the Civil War Battle of Nantwich (1644) and the more recent shoe and clothing industries.

Beyond the galleries lie extensions.  The first contains the cheese-making exhibition, dedicated to demonstrating how the county’s famous cheese has traditionally been made and sold around the floral market town of Nantwich.  Above it is the Joseph Heler meeting room, which also houses our collection of maps. Nantwich Museum sign and logoNext to these is the Community Gallery, where small exhibitions are staged, followed by the magnificent, prize-winning, Millennium Gallery, which provides the perfect home for a diverse programme of temporary exhibitions.

With facilities available to local community groups, Nantwich Museum is a vibrant hub of local interest. Enter through the door of Nantwich’s former Victorian Jubilee library and discover our exciting museum for yourself. The Museum is run almost entirely by volunteers; there are just three permanent members of staff; the Community Development Manager, part-time administrator and Saturday assistant. The museum is financially supported by :


small-council-logoNantwich Town Council               



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The museum does not make a charge for admission, although donations are always welcome. The opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am to 4.30pm.

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