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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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    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

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    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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    Farm

    Location:

    Blackpool

    Come to Penny farm to meet rescued horses & ponies and find out more about the work of World Horse Welfare, stroll around our farm tracks then treat yourself to homemade cakes & snacks in our coffee shop.
    What's On at Penny Farm
    Penny Farm is free to visit and is open to the public on Wednesdays,...

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    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    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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    Museum

    Location:

    Burnley

    A unique survivor of the textile industry, Queen Street Mill represents the last commercial steam powered textile weaving mill in the world.

  5. Type

    Historic House

    Location:

    Preston

    Built in 1325 Samlesbury Hall is steeped in fascinating history, retaining its original typical black and white exterior, the Hall is almost equidistant between Blackburn and Preston, yet retaining a rural feel.

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    Arts, Crafts & Galleries

    Location:

    Burnley

    Historic House set in 24 acres of woodland. You are able to explore the period rooms, art gallery and learn more about Burnley's history whilst a Mouse Trail through the Museum keeps children entertained.

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    Museum

    Location:

    Turton

    Turton Tower is a distinctive English country house located in the small village of Turton on the edge of the popular walking area of the West Pennine Moors. Facilities include a victorian tea room and gift shop.

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    Theme Ride / Tableau / Waxworks

    Location:

    Blackpool


    A visit to Madame Tussauds Blackpool is guaranteed to leave you feeling more than a little star struck! This engaging and interactive attraction grants you an audience with some of Britain’s best known celebrities;

    Meet One Direction at Madame Tussauds Blackpool – Their Wax Figures Are Here...

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    Museum

    Location:

    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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    Steam Railway

    Location:

    Preston


    Hidden away in the heart of Preston’s old Industrial Docklands, Ribble Steam Railway has been greeting visitors since 2005. Whatever the weather, you can expect a warm and friendly welcome from Ribble Steam’s team of committed volunteers. Whether you are a keen steam enthusiast, or just simply...

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