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Chesterfield Museum and Art Gallery


St Mary's Gate
S41 7TD
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Tel01246 345727

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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 2019
  • Visit EnglandVisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction 2019



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


  • Children welcome


  • Parking with charge

Property Facilities

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

Site Features

  • Welcome Host

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)
Monday10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday - WednesdayClosed
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00

* Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.



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    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    The Museum is in Chesterfield town centre. It has no car park so directions below are to nearest car park.

    From North/South 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.

    From East Follow A617 to junction with M1 motorway, then follow route from North/South.

    From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) 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.

    Public Transport Directions

    Nearest train station Chesterfield, 5 minutes walk away

    Any bus to Chesterfield town centre

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    Monday, 28th October 2019 - Monday, 28th October 2019

    Happy Halloween Crafts and StoriesJoin in the holiday fun with creepy crafts and spooky stories run by Straightcurves and Chesterfield Museum.
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    Friday, 20th December 2019 - Saturday, 21st December 2019

    Friday, 27th December 2019 - Saturday, 28th December 2019

    Traditional Games DayCome and have a go at the traditional games children used to play. Some you'll know and some you won't. Bring the family along and challenge them to a game of quoits, shove ha’penny and many more traditional games.
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    Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Saturday, 4th January 2020

    Exhibition: Down t'PitAn exhibition exploring the local area’s rich coal mining history and what life was like for miners.
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    Thursday, 31st October 2019 - Thursday, 31st October 2019

    Life as a Coal MinerDiscover what coal mining was like through the ages from the Tudors up to the National Coal Board.
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    Saturday, 7th December 2019 - Saturday, 7th December 2019

    Meet George StephensonHave a chat with this famous railway pioneer and discover his connection with Chesterfield.
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    Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Saturday, 16th November 2019

    Behind the Scenes TourExplore the museum's onsite store room and find out how a museum cares for its collection for future generations.
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    Saturday, 16th November 2019 - Saturday, 16th November 2019

    Behind the Scenes TourExplore the museum's onsite store room and find out how a museum cares for its collection for future generations.
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    Friday, 1st November 2019 - Friday, 1st November 2019

    Friday, 6th December 2019 - Friday, 6th December 2019

    Friday, 3rd January 2020 - Friday, 3rd January 2020

    Friday, 7th February 2020 - Friday, 7th February 2020

    Friday, 6th March 2020 - Friday, 6th March 2020

    James Lewis, Bamfords ValuationsBamfords Antiques Valuation DaysWe hold monthly valuation days at Chesterfield Museum that you can attend and bring any items of interest to for a free valuation.
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    Thursday, 14th November 2019 - Thursday, 14th November 2019

    Talk: War heroes to enemies of the state?The life, work and struggles of the coal miners from 1914 to 1990. An illustrated talk by Gareth Howell.
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