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“Unusual sort of meseum”

Anson Engine Museum
Ranked #31 of 383 things to do in Cheshire
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: It used to be one of the best kept secrets among Cheshire's many attractions but over the past few years it has undergone some major changes and is now recognized as one of the country's leading specialist museums. Situated in Higher Poynton, the museum is on the site of the old Anson Colliery. Engine enthusiasts from all over the world come to visit this fascinating museum. However, it is increasingly becoming a "must visit" attraction for non-enthusiasts too and won the "Visitors Choice" award (voted for by the public) when they were asked "where would you take a visitor to the Macclesfield area"? As well as the largest collection of engines in Europe, the museum also has changing displays of local history items such as photographs, maps, mementos and keepsakes from the Vernon Estate and Anson Colliery. Open one weekend a month in 2015.
Reviewed 25 May 2018

My first visit to Engine Museum today. I have heard about it and then picked up leaflet from my library. Not easy to find even with the Brown Signs. My SatNav took me from the Buxton Road side along very narrow lanes. Entrance to the museum is also on a country lane so you have to watch for the sign there.
The outside looks a bit abandoned and scruffy. Car Park is rough and various bits of metal / old vehicles around edge. This is a pity because on entry to the reception area it becomes very tidy and looked after. The whole exhibition area is well laid out and information well presented. (Though some details could be added to in parts. Staff around to answer any and all questions). Nice plan of taking the whole history from basic Steam to Diesel to Petrol and the uses of the engines in many and various occupations.
An interesting cafe area with Cinema. Priced very reasonable and very pleasant staff in charge of it. Plenty of things to buy.
Well worth visiting more than just once, and a good events calendar through the opening year. Need to see the leaflet to decide on dates, if time is restricted or if particular interest is to be meet.
I will certainly be returning on a regular occurrence and even becoming a Friends of the Museum person.

Thank michael g
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

What a well organised and welcoming museum to visit. Another review summed it up, 2 hours simply isn't enough time to fully view all displays. The staff could not have been any more informative and friendly. Spectacular engines from throughout their invention from the rattling monster and gas engines through semi diesel's to the Napier Deltic and Bentley twin turbo W12 engines, there's something from every era and development of the internal combustion engine to view, the benefit is that most of the engines can be seen running which is amazing. Not forgetting the steam area with the Stott mill steam engine and other smaller steam engines running. Then there's the craft area with traditional skills on display I would highly recommend this museum to anyone who has even just a small interest in the history of the engine. Great afternoon, my only regret is I should have turned up earlier and spent more time there!

Thank Richard W
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Reviewed 14 April 2018

Two hours was not nearly enough time to explore this fantastic museum. A huge variety of engines, some that we had never seen before. The history of where they had been used was fascinating and there were plenty of information boards with details of where they had been used. The local history boards were fascinating too, not least on the site and on how the museum was set up. Opening times are limited even in the summer months so it is worth checking before you visit. Lovely friendly staff and volunteers. Looking forward to a return visit.

Thank Caroline H
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent museum, with working engines on event days. Details the development of engines really well.

We went on an event day and the volunteers who help out are lovely and informative.

Thank Rachel B
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Took my lad who is 9. It's free for kids under 13. Had a great couple of hours of fun. Got to see the evolution of the internal combustion engine before it gets faded out for all electric. The model of the local area was legendary. Worth a couple if hours of anyone's time.

Thank Jono S
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