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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.

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    Castle / Fort

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    Clitheroe

    Historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley - a day of exploration for all the family. Our new look galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area.

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    Theme Ride / Tableau / Waxworks

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    Blackpool

    With a full cast of brilliant actors, 10 shows, rich sets, special effects and an exciting drop ride, we’ll take you on a unique 70 minute thrill-filled journey through 1000 years of Lancashire’s murky past.

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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.

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    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

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    Blackburn

    An arts and crafts-style listed building opened in 1874, housing displays and reserve collections. The largest icon collection outside London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

    Location:

    Carnforth

    Made famous by David Lean's romantic classic film Brief Encounter, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard in 1945, the award-winning heritage centre includes a faithful restoration of the refreshment room where Laura and Alec first met.

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    Museum

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    Leyland

    Come and explore our quirky timber-framed Tudor school house, where a fantastic collection of local history and archaeology awaits you, as well as new exhibitions by local artists every month!

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    Museum

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    Helmshore

    In the quiet village of Helmshore in the stunning Rossendale Valley are two original Lancashire textile mills: Higher Mill and Whitaker’s Mill together known as Helmshore Mills Textile Museum.

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    Theme Ride / Tableau / Waxworks

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    Blackpool

    Madame Tussauds - the ultimate celebrity attraction.

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    Museum

    Location:

    Leyland

    The museum contains the finest collection of historic and commercial vehicles in Europe, including the world-famous Popemobile, horse-drawn and steam vehicles and fire engines.

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    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Rossendale,

    The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is set in a beautiful park in the centre of the Rossendale Valley, Lancashire.

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