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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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    Museum

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    Preston

    A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum & Art Gallery is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects.

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    Heritage / Visitor Centre

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    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!

  4. Type

    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.

  5. Type

    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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    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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    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;

    -  New for 2014. Olympic champion Mo Farah and iconic Coronation Street couple...

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    Museum

    Location:

    Leyland

    Submerge yourself in a nostalgic environment, packed with sounds, smells and sights from a bygone era. Enjoy a sensory experience loved by both young and old. Hear the real people stories, from factory workers and drivers.

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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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    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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