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Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery


St Mary's Gate
S41 7TD
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Tel01246 345727

Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery


The 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. Chesterfield’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.


  • Other AwardsSelf-assessed Accessibility Information Self-assessed Accessibility Information 2018
  • Visit EnglandVistEngland VAQAS VistEngland VAQAS 2016


Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Gift shop
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Facilities for visually impaired
  • Wheelchairs available

Opening Times

Season (18 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Museum is in Chesterfield town centre. It has no car park so directions below are to nearest car park.From North/SouthLeave 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.From EastFollow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.From WestFollow 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.

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