Admission is FREE and the Museum is open daily although times vary according to the season. Contact Chepstow Museum, Bridge Street, Chepstow on (01291) 625981
The elegant late 18th Century town house, at the bottom of the town, opposite the Castle car park is home to the award winning Chepstow Museum.
The house itself has an interesting history involving some prominent people in Chepstow's past. Built in 1796 by Warren Jane the Younger, an Apothecary, Gwy House as it is known continued to be linked to the medical profession. Owned for many years in the 19th century by a respected local surgeon it became a Red Cross Hospital for soldiers in the First World War and until recently was the Chepstow & District Hospital. A display in the museum vividly illustrates the changing uses of the building over the years.
The museum's exhibits reflect the development of Chepstow, once an important port and bustling market town. The displays show the growth and decline of the port with its valuable wine and timber trades. Shipbuilding and salmon fishing and many other aspects of Chepstow's working life are shown in imaginative settings which recapture an essence of the original scenes. Pleasures and pastimes are recalled in original photographs, programmes and posters.
The growth of the town from Roman times to the present century is depicted in a series of paintings by Linda Waters forming a centerpiece of a gallery which looks at what makes a town tick: how its services have developed; its communication systems; and, the vital importance of its bridges.
The museum also holds a fine collection of 18th and 19th century prints and drawings illustrates the appeal of Chepstow and the Wye Valley.
Today's visitor will find his appreciation of the town, its castle and other interesting buildings enriched by an understanding of its history. For younger visitors, there are free quizzes, trails and an activity station with things to make and puzzles and mystery bags to add to their enjoyment, plus events and activities in school holidays.
There is always something new to see at the museum with regularly changing exhibitions including subjects of local and regional interest, as well as demonstrations, lectures and workshops. The museum is a resource of local information for people researching family history, local history and more general social history topics, students working on theses and school children working on projects.
- Regular special exhibitions
- Workshops and activities
- Quizzes and worksheets for children
- Special facilities for educational and group visits
- Museum Shop
- Access to ground floor and WC for wheelchair users
- Adjacent car parks
March, April, May, June
Monday - Saturday 11.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday 2.00pm - 5.00pm
July, August, September
Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 5.30pm
Sunday 2.00pm - 5.30 pm
Monday to Saturday 11.00 am - 5.00 pm
Sunday 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
November, December, January, February:
Monday to Saturday 11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Sunday 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm