List of museums in Lancashire

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This list of museums in Lancashire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City District Type Summary
Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery Chorley Chorley Multiple Historic house with exhibits of local history, art gallery, period rooms
Bacup Natural History Society Museum Bacup Rossendale Local website, local history, culture
Bancroft Mill Engine Barnoldswick Pendle Technology Working steam mill engine for a textile mill
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen Multiple Local and social history, fine art, decorative arts, South Asian culture, beetle collection, textile industry
British Commercial Vehicle Museum Leyland South Ribble Transportation Automobiles, buses, lorries
British In India Museum Nelson Pendle History information, history of the British in India, includes photographs, uniforms, swords, model soldiers, paintings, Indian army cap badges and buttons
Brooks Collectables Toy Museum Blackpool Blackpool Toy website, YouTube article, die-cast model cars and vehicles, toys, model trains, cameras, toy soldiers
Carnforth Station Heritage Centre Carnforth City of Lancaster Local website, local history, area railroad heritage, located in Carnforth railway station
Chapel Gallery Ormskirk West Lancashire Art website, local public art gallery, contemporary art and craft from across the UK
Clitheroe Castle Clitheroe Ribble Valley Multiple 12th-century motte and bailey castle with museum of local and social history, art, history of the castle, geology, archaeology, natural history, folklore and industry
Colne Heritage Centre Colne Pendle Local information, local history
Cottage Museum Lancaster City of Lancaster Historic house website, early Victorian period cottage
Fleetwood Museum Fleetwood Wyre Local Local history, culture, maritime heritage, fishing industry
Fylde Gallery Lytham Fylde Art information, Friends site, local art collection and exhibits gallery, located in Booths Supermarket
Gawthorpe Hall Padiham Burnley Historic house Operated by the National Trust, Elizabethan house with 19th-century interiors, international collection of needlework, lace and costume
Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool Blackpool Art Contemporary art exhibits, collections include Victorian oils and watercolours, modern British paintings, contemporary prints, jewellery, Asian ivories, ceramics, photographs and souvenirs of Blackpool
Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Preston Free Public Library Preston Preston Multiple Local history, archaeology, fine art, decorative art including ceramics and glass, costumes, scent bottles
Haworth Art Gallery Accrington Hyndburn Art Features collection of Art Nouveau Tiffany glass
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum Helmshore Rossendale Industry Former textile mills for wool then cloth
Heysham Heritage Centre Heysham City of Lancaster Local website, local history, located in a 17th-century long house
Hoghton Tower Hoghton Chorley Historic house Fortified Tudor manor house, features galleried banqueting hall, period furniture and a doll house collection
Judges Lodgings, Lancaster Lancaster City of Lancaster Historic house Adjacent to Lancaster Castle, Georgian house with Gillow furniture displayed in Regency period room settings, fine art, and the Museum of Childhood with toys, dolls, games and playthings from the 18th century to the present
King's Own Royal Regiment Museum Lancaster City of Lancaster Military Located in the Lancaster City Museum
Lancashire Infantry Museum Preston Preston Military Located in Fulwood, regimental history and memorabilia
Lancaster Castle Lancaster City of Lancaster History Medieval castle, court and prison
Lancaster City Museum Lancaster City of Lancaster Local City's history, social history, King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, fine art
Lancaster Maritime Museum Lancaster City of Lancaster Maritime Shipbuilding, harbour trades, merchant trading, fishing, social and natural history of the bay, local ports
Leighton Hall Yealand Conyers City of Lancaster Historic house 18th-century Georgian house with 19th-century Gothic exterior, Gillow furniture, gardens
Lytham Hall Lytham Fylde Historic house 18th-century Georgian country house and 78-acre parklands
Lytham Heritage Centre Lytham Fylde Local website, local history and art exhibits, operated by Lytham Heritage Group
Lytham Windmill Museum Lytham Fylde Mill 19th-century windmill with exhibits about the mill, millers, local history and culture
Museum of Lancashire Preston Preston History County history, culture, life in World War II, military history
Pendle Heritage Centre Barrowford Pendle Local Local and social history, culture, art, visitor centre
Peter Scott Gallery Lancaster City of Lancaster Art website, art gallery of Lancaster University's Lancaster Institute for The Contemporary Arts, collections include 20th-century art, Pilkington's Tile and Pottery Company works, Chinese and Japanese art, and antiquities
Platform Gallery Clitheroe Ribble Valley Art website, contemporary crafts gallery
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum Burnley Burnley Industry Operational 19th-century steam-powered weaving mill
Ribble Discovery Centre Lytham Fylde Natural history website, ecology and natural history of the Ribble and Alt Estuaries, operated by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Ribble Steam Railway Preston Preston Railway Heritage railway, museum open on operating days
Ribchester Roman Museum Ribchester Ribble Valley Archaeology website, area Romano-British history and artifacts
Ripley's Believe It or Not!#United Kingdom Blackpool Blackpool Amusement Located at Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Rufford Old Hall Rufford West Lancashire Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 16th-century Tudor great hall where young William Shakespeare once performed; collections of furniture, arms, armour and tapestries; gardens
Ruskin Library Lancaster City of Lancaster Biographical Part of the University of Lancaster, exhibits from its collections of pictures, books, manuscripts and photographs relating to the Victorian writer and artist John Ruskin
Samlesbury Hall Samlesbury South Ribble Historic house Restored medieval manor house
South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre Leyland South Ribble Local website, local history, culture, art exhibits, textile, rubber and motor industries
Towneley Hall Burnley Burnley Multiple Exhibits include natural history, Egyptology, local history, textiles, decorative art and regional furniture, and an art gallery
Turton Tower Chapeltown Blackburn with Darwen Historic house Tudor house reflecting Tudor and Victorian eras
Weaver's Cottage Rawtenstall Rossendale Historic house website, 18th-century weaver's cottage with working hand looms, Victorian kitchen, operated by the Rossendale Civic Trust
Weavers' Triangle Burnley Burnley Industry Includes the visitor center with Victorian schoolroom and weaver's dwelling, canal toll house, and Oak Mount Mill Engine House
The Whitaker Rawtenstall Rossendale Multiple website, local history, fine art, natural history, period Victorian rooms, fashion and furniture, art exhibits; formerly the Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery
Whitworth Museum Whitworth Rossendale Local website, local history, operated by the Whitworth Historical Society
Woodend Mining Museum Reedley Hallows Pendle Mining website, information, area coal mining
Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum - Earby Earby Pendle Mining website, lead mining artifacts

Defunct museums

See also


  1. "Gallery & Exhibitions". Mid Pennine Arts. Retrieved 16 March 2015. The Mid Pennine Gallery operated in Yorke Street, Burnley, until March 2010.
  2. "Official site". STEAMTOWN @ CARNFORTH, Lancashire, UK. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
  3. "Facebook site". Steamtown Railway Museum Carnforth Steamtown Railway Museum Carnforth. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
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