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Lancaster City Museum


Market Square, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1HT

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Lancaster City Museum
Situated in the heart of this historic cultural city of Lancaster in an elegant Georgian building.
Discover more about Lancaster's past from the Romans to the present day.
Trace the pedigree of Lancaster's regiment from 1680 onwards at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.
See the wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes on display.
Regularly changing exhibitions, events and activities for families.

From 1st February 2015 the City Museum will be open on Sundays and closed on Mondays.


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Free entryFree

For further information on our Xplorer Tickets and some of the fantastic savings on offer at our other museums, please visit lancashire.gov.uk/museums

Opening Times

Open (2 Jan 2018 - 21 Dec 2018)
Tuesday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00

* All Lancashire museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October and the City Museum is closed over Christmas from 22 December 2017 and 1 January 2018.


Saturday, 3rd March 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Harry Potter: A History of MagicUntil September 16 2018, visitors will be able to discover fascinating facts about the History of Magic at Lancaster City Museum. Displays have been launched simultaneously in 20 public libraries across the UK in tandem with the Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition at the British Library in...
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Wednesday, 20th June 2018 - Monday, 3rd September 2018

Spend your Summer Holidays in LancasterIf you live in or are thinking of visiting Lancaster this summer, there are plenty of family friendly attractions, activities and events which are sure to keep you and your little ones entertained.
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Monday, 23rd July 2018 - Sunday, 16th September 2018

Yarny Potter Trail and RaffleExplore Lancaster's Heritage via the wizarding world of Harry Potter, trail sheets available from the City Museum reception. There will be lots of other Harry Potter prizes are up for grabs too!
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Wednesday, 25th July 2018 - Wednesday, 25th July 2018

Wednesday, 8th August 2018 - Wednesday, 8th August 2018

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018 - Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

Care of Magical CreaturesReceive your Hogwarts letter then join our learned professor to learn about some fantastic beasts. Learn how to care for your very own pygmy puff, discover dragons and make a bowtruckle model.
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Friday, 27th July 2018 - Friday, 27th July 2018

Summer KnightsLearn about knights and armour, make a shield and take home your own knights helmet to help protect your realm. Fantastic Fridays – Discover history in these fantastic bookable sessions..10.30-12.00 & 13.30-15.00.
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Monday, 30th July 2018 - Monday, 30th July 2018

Potter PebblesCreate your own Harry Potter pebble art, take it home or join in the latest craze and hide it somewhere for someone else to find!
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Wednesday, 1st August 2018 - Wednesday, 1st August 2018

Wednesday, 15th August 2018 - Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Wednesday, 29th August 2018 - Wednesday, 29th August 2018

Hogwarts Magical Taster SessionWizarding Wednesdays – Magical taster classes for the discerning young witch or wizard hoping to attend Hogwarts.
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Monday, 6th August 2018 - Monday, 6th August 2018

Sunshine and ShowersSunshine and Showers – be inspired by British summertime and create your own piece of pasta perfection macaroni art.
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Monday, 13th August 2018 - Monday, 13th August 2018

Things that fly!Make It Mondays – Join in the gallery every Monday this summer for 'Make It Mondays'. Inspired by their exhibitions and the summer season, each week they will be getting creative with a whole host of crafts.
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Friday, 17th August 2018 - Friday, 17th August 2018

History of GamesLearn a little about old time games and how to play them; then have a go at creating some of your own.
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Monday, 20th August 2018 - Monday, 20th August 2018

Beautiful Bugs!Beautiful Bugs – Make your own light catcher insect to catch the summer sun and brighten up a window at home.
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Monday, 27th August 2018 - Monday, 27th August 2018

PottergamiPottergami – Harry Potter inspired origami!
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Friday, 31st August 2018 - Friday, 31st August 2018

Roman CraftsDiscover what the Romans did for us and try your hand at some Roman crafting.
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  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


Road Directions

Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley is located in Lancashire, in the Northwest of England. Leave M6 at jct 33 or 34 and follow signs for Lancaster City Centre. The museum is in Market Square and is signposted in the city centre.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station is Lancaster, which is only a 5 minute walk from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, just outside the city centre. The station is on the West Coast Mainline with regular mainline Virgin services to London & South and Glasgow & North. Local services include a regular service to Morecambe. For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit nationalrail.co.uk. The nearest bus station is Lancaster which is less than a 5 minute walk from the central pedestrianised shopping areas of St Nicholas' Arcade and Marketgate. Local, regional and national services are available. For further information contact traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit traveline.org.uk.



  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards children
  • Marketed towards families
  • Open All Year
  • Toilets

Establishment Features

  • Disabled Access

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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