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Museums

Here you can travel around both country and coast to explore Lancashire’s historic wonders. Discover the stories behind a county full of history and interesting artefacts. Whatever your interest, we know that our buildings and the treasures within will capture your imagination.  From the Museum of Lancashire to the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, Lancashire has a whole host of museums that are perfect for all the family. Most offer programmes of free activities for young visitors and many are free to enter! Whether you're looking to soak up some culture at the Harris Museum, explore the house and gardens at Lytham Hall, make it an educational trip to Lancaster Castle, or just want to treat the kids to an entertaining day out in the Blackpool Tower Dungeon, take your pick of the top family-friendly museums listed below.

Visit the Lancashire Tourism Award 2015 winning Whitaker Museum and Art Gallery.

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  1. Add Lancashire Museums to your Itinerary

    Lancashire Museums

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    Museum

    Location:

    Throughout Lancashire

    Imagine a place where you can explore, touch, learn, discover and most of all have fun. At Lancashire Museums we have lots of stuff going on to tempt you and your families.

  2. Add The Storey  to your Itinerary

    The Storey

    Type

    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Lancaster

    The Storey Institute has been remodelled as a newly designed centre for the creative industries, Central to Lancaster's artistic, technical and scientific innovation for 130 years, it features art gallery, auditorium and guest exhibitions.

  3. Add Lancaster Castle to your Itinerary

    Lancaster Castle

    Type

    Castle / Fort

    Location:

    Lancaster

    Steeped in almost 1000 years of history including the trials of the Pendle Witches and the Birmingham Six, Lancaster Castle is one of the most important historic monuments in the North West. Come and visit the old cells, Shire Hall and Crown Court.

  4. Add The Atkinson to your Itinerary

    The Atkinson

    Type

    Exhibition Centre

    Location:

    Southport

    The Atkinson is an £18 million multi art-form venue set in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Southport. With its beautifully restored art galleries and theatre it hosts the very best of visual and performing arts throughout the year.

  5. Add Farmer Parrs Animal World to your Itinerary

    Farmer Parrs Animal World

    Type

    Farm

    Location:

    Fleetwood

    If ewe like animals, ewe’ll love Farmer Parr's. An award winning LEA approved visitor centre comprising of an animal farm, museum, pottery, tea room / shop, outdoor play area and large indoor barns.

  6. Add West Lancashire Light Railway to your Itinerary

    West Lancashire Light Railway

    Type

    Railway

    Location:

    Hesketh Bank

    An operational, narrow gauge steam railway, with a historic collection of locomotives and rolling stock. 6 steam locomotives (3 operational and 3 undergoing restoration). Open every Sunday and Bank Holiday from Easter to the end of October.

  7. Add Furness Abbey to your Itinerary

    Furness Abbey

    Type

    Historic Site

    Location:

    Barrow In Furness

    Impressive red sandstone remains and ornately decorated chapter house. Once was the second most prosperous Cistercian abbey in England.

  8. Add The Cottage Museum, Lancaster to your Itinerary

    The Cottage Museum, Lancaster

    Type

    Museum

    Location:

    Lancaster

    A tiny, intriguing 18th-Century cottage spread over 5 floors is the Cottage Museum, offering an intimate glimpse of early Victorian life. Come and meet the Victorian housekeeper and discover gadgets and utensils used in the 19th Century.

  9. Add Ribchester Roman Bath House to your Itinerary

    Ribchester Roman Bath House

    Type

    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Ribchester

    Although long disused, it is still possible to see the remains of the sweating room (sudatorium), the warm room (tepidarium), and the hot room (caldarium) in the ruins of Ribchester Bath-House.

  10. Add Fleetwood Museum to your Itinerary

    Fleetwood Museum

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    Museum

    Location:

    Fleetwood

    Explore the story of Fleetwood from fishing port to holiday destination, from Victorian times to present, within the friendliest museum.

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