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Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library

Type:Museum

Preston City Council, PO Box 1301, Market Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP

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Tel: 01772 905 414

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Harris Museum

Known affectionately as The Harris, this attraction is loved for its beautiful spaces, fun experiences and intriguing stories. Stories that shine a light on the people who have settled, lived and worked in Lancashire and Preston, locally and from around the world. Who is the lady in the yellow dress, known as the Mona Lisa of the North? And who was the curious Mrs French with her obsession with perfume bottles?  

If historical mysteries are not your thing, you can enjoy refreshments in the spectacular setting of the Harris café, browse the museum shop or stroll around the beautiful building. You will see many paintings by well known artists including L S Lowry, Laura Knight, Stanley Spencer and more recent work by Turner Prize winner Lubaina Himid and Turner Prize Bursary winner Shawanda Corbett.

Visit the Space to Relax gallery, browse the library bookshelves, join a workshop or book a ticket for one of our popular Harris Live music events. Stay a while to work, study, read or be inspired; whatever you discover, you’re sure to come away uplifted.  

Book Tickets

Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree
Senior CitizenFree
Group TicketFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:00 - 17:00
Cafe (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)
DayTimes
Monday - Saturday09:30 - 16:00

* Free admission
Pre book one of 3 free time slots:
10:00 – 11:30
12:30 – 14:00
14:30 – 16:00

Events

Friday, 4th June 2021 - Saturday, 2nd October 2021

Bob & Roberta Smith - Look, Listen, Make Things.An artist, activist, art education advocate, writer and musician who uses text as an art form, often creating colourful slogans on banners and placards using sign writers’ paint.
more info

Saturday, 21st August 2021 - Saturday, 21st August 2021

Caribbean Stories: A Taste of the CaribbeanYou are invited to join in for a fun filled afternoon of family-friendly activities celebrating Caribbean culture in Preston.  The Harris will be brought to life with music, food, story telling, creative activities and more.
more info

Friday, 17th September 2021 - Saturday, 2nd October 2021

HOWLLancashire Encounter Festival 2021Lancashire Encounter will be back this September with an extended event which welcomes all your favourite activities.
more info

Gradings

  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction

Awards

  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018
  • Sub-Regional AwardsLancashire Tourism Awards Finalist Lancashire Tourism Awards Finalist 2015

Directions

Road Directions

Leave M6, jct 31 to Preston. Follow signs to city centre, park in bus station car park. From car park follow signs to city centre and Guild Hall. Walk through Guild Hall shopping arcade. At the exit on Lancaster Road you will see the rear of the Harris building opposite you and to the left.

Public Transport Directions

From Preston train station, leave by ticket office exit and walk up concourse. Turn right onto Fishergate and carry straight on until you reach Boots. Turn left onto Market Square and the Harris is on your right. Approx 10min walk . By bus, alight at Preston Bus station and follow signs to city centre/Guild Hall. From Guild Hall see road directions above.

Facilities

Other

  • Family Fun
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Catering

  • Café

COVID-19 Response

  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • Time limited visits

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Close to rail network

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

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