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Museum of Lancashire

Stanley Street , Preston , Lancashire, PR1 4YP

Love Lancashire!

On the outskirts of Preston's bustling city centre the Museum of Lancashire is your perfect introduction to all things Lancashire.

From entertainers and seaside holidays, to archaeology and industry, wildlife and the war years, our range of family friendly displays and activities means that there really is something for everyone. Uncover fabulous stories and the hidden histories of local Lancashire folk past and present as well as celebrating some of the more well known characters from Lancashire's past.

Housed in the former Quarter Sessions House, one of Preston's oldest buildings, the Museum of Lancashire is your gateway to more than 2000 years of Lancashire's history. 

Admission is guaranteed to stay free for the next few years, so come along and start your journey!

Opening times

Mon Closed
Tue 10.30am - 5pm
Wed 10.30am - 5pm
Thur 10.30am - 5pm
Fri 10.30am - 5pm
Sat 10.30am - 5pm
Sun 12:00pm - 5pm

Facilities

  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Part disabled access

Admission charges

Save money with our Xplorer multi-pass tickets

Free for all.

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Groups and community

Community outreach

Community outreach has been an invaluable part of the work we've done over the past two years, allowing the people of Lancashire to directly influence what goes into the new galleries. We've made lots of new friends and look forward to them coming to see us in the museum as well as getting back out there and meeting more new people.

Collectors' Corner

Just outside the Lancashire People gallery will sit the new Collectors' Corner. This is a space dedicated to enthusiastic Lancashire collectors. It offers the opportunity to exhibit prized items from personal collections and share a collector's story. Collectors' Corner is open to all Lancastrians, but subject to availability and application to the space.

Youth Voice

The Museum of Lancashire Youth Voice work with museum staff to challenge the misconceptions that young people aren't interested in history and that museums aren't for young people.
Youth Voice help to arrange events for young people, develop projects and advise about various aspects of the museum's work.  One event organised by the group was a cinema night to celebrate the Museums at Night weekend in May, showing the latest Muppets film.  Youth Voice made the decisions about all aspects of the event, from selecting the film to what refreshments to serve.

The group meet in the museum once a month, usually the second Saturday at 1pm, and all are welcome.

Group visits during normal opening hours

Admission is currently free to all during normal opening hours, however we do ask that if you would like to bring a group to the museum that you contact us in advance so that:

  • We can make you aware of any other activities taking place in the museum that day which may limit your access
  • Refreshments can be pre-ordered to reduce waiting times
  • We are made aware of any access or other special requirements of members of your group

Adult groups: out of hours visits

Visits outside of normal opening hours can be arranged for a fee. To book a visit contact the museum to check availability. A booking form will be issued to you to confirm details.

  • Minimum group size of 15 people.
  • £4 per head for adults (£3 for under 16s).
  • Refreshments carry a small extra charge. 
  • Non refundable deposit of £30 payable on booking, balance due on arrival.
Should you wish to cancel your visit, we ask that you do so as early as possible.

History and background

Collections and displays

The Museum of Lancashire has access to over 200,000 objects from across Lancashire. We've a lot of new items on display, many of which have never been exhibited anywhere before. See some of these objects here.

Click on the collections tab to explore the wider collections of Lancashire Museums. We also hold and display the collections of the 14th / 20th King’s Hussars and the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry. Visitors of all ages will find a rich history of the Red Rose County ready and waiting to be discovered - and all revealed through the objects and stories of real Lancashire people.