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Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library


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

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Tel: 01772 905414

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Harris Museum

A great day out for all the family, the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library is a treasure trove of fantastic art and fascinating objects. Come and explore our remarkable collections of fine art, costume and textiles, ceramics and glass and history, all housed in a stunning Grade I listed building in the heart of Preston … and it’s completely free to visit!

Head up the dramatic staircase to explore two floors of art ranging from contemporary New Media Art to more traditional fine art of the 19th century, including water colours by JMW Turner and Samuel Palmer.

Don’t miss the Discover Preston gallery devoted to celebrating what makes Preston special. From the 13,500 year-old Poulton Elk to the Preston Guild (the last remaining Guild celebration in the UK), take a trip through Preston’s past exploring the stories, people and events that shaped our city.

The new and frequently changing exhibitions make sure there is never a dull moment and kids will be keen to join in all the kids’ activities and events that take place at the weekend and during school holidays. At the end of your trip to the Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library don’t forget to call in the café – the inspirational setting and views up to the Egyptian balcony will leave you in awe.

There is a packed events programme on all year round featuring talks, guided tours and workshops by curators and experts who are keen to share their passion – see the Harris Museum website for details. Much of the art and objects on display have been donated by or relates to the people of Preston and many of the collections hold great significance nationally and internationally.

• Free Entry
• Grade 1 listed building
• Café stocking Lancashire snacks and treats, and Fairtrade coffees and teas (Open 7 days a week)
• Museum shop
• Baby changing facilities in all toilets, activities in the galleries for children aged 2+
• Free Wi-Fi throughout the museum
• Induction Loop fitted throughout the galleries

Why not make a day of it and visit the other great museums in Preston as well? Combine your trip to the Harris with one to the Museum of Lancashire, Ribble Steam Railway, Lancashire Infantry Museum or South Ribble Museum.

* Car Parking nearby in Preston Bus Station


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Free AdmissionFree
Senior CitizenFree
Group TicketFree

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

Opening Times

Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Library (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)
Monday11:00 - 17:00*
Tuesday10:00 - 17:00*
Wednesday10:00 - 20:00*
Thursday - Saturday10:00 - 17:00*
Sunday11:00 - 16:00*


Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


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


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.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access/Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Coaches Welcome

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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