List of museums in Lancashire

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This list of museums in Lancashire, England contains museums which are defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit art galleries and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City District Type Summary
Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery Astley Hall front view.jpg Chorley Chorley Multiple Historic house with exhibits of local history, art gallery, period rooms
Bacup Natural History Society Museum Bacup Rossendale Local information, information, local history, culture
Bancroft Mill Engine Bancroft Mill engine at speed - geograph.org.uk - 680971.jpg Barnoldswick Pendle Technology website, working steam mill engine for a textile mill
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery Museum Street of BMAG.jpg Blackburn Blackburn with Darwen Multiple Local and social history, fine art, decorative arts, South Asian culture, beetle collection, textile industry
British Commercial Vehicle Museum Leyland South Ribble Transportation Automobiles, buses, lorries
British In India Museum Nelson Pendle History website, history of the British in India, includes photographs, uniforms, swords, model soldiers, paintings, Indian army cap badges and buttons
Chapel Gallery Ormskirk West Lancashire Art website, local public art gallery
Clitheroe Castle Clitheroe Castle.JPG Clitheroe Ribble Valley Multiple 12th-century motte and bailey castle with museum of local and social history, art, history of the castle, geology, archaeology, natural history, folklore and industry
Colne Heritage Centre Colne Pendle Local information, local history, Wallace Hartley memorabilia of the bandleader on the RMS Titanic
Cottage Museum Lancaster City of Lancaster Historic house website, early Victorian period cottage
Fleetwood Museum Fleetwood Museum - DSC06604.JPG Fleetwood Wyre Local Local history, culture, maritime heritage, fishing industry
Fylde Gallery Lytham Fylde Art information, information, local art collection and exhibits gallery, located in Booths Supermarket
Gawthorpe Hall Gawthorpe new.jpg Padiham Burnley Historic house Operated by the National Trust, Elizabethan house with 19th-century interiors, international collection of needlework, lace and costume
Grundy Art Gallery Blackpool Blackpool Art Contemporary art exhibits, collections include Victorian oils and watercolours, modern British paintings, contemporary prints, jewellery, Asian ivories, ceramics, photographs and souvenirs of Blackpool
Harris Museum, Art Gallery & Preston Free Public Library The Harris Museum - geograph.org.uk - 161619.jpg Preston Preston Multiple Local history, archaeology, fine art, decorative art including ceramics and glass, costumes, scent bottles
Haworth Art Gallery Accrington Hyndburn Art Features collection of Art Nouveau Tiffany glass
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum Textile-Spinning room.jpg Helmshore Rossendale Industry Former textile mills for wool then cloth
Heysham Heritage Centre Heysham City of Lancaster Local website, information, local history
Hoghton Tower Hoghton Tower - geograph.org.uk - 951191.jpg Hoghton Chorley Historic house Fortified Tudor manor house, features galleried banqueting hall, period furniture and a doll house collection
Judges Lodgings, Lancaster Lancaster City of Lancaster Historic house Adjacent to Lancaster Castle, Georgian house with Gillow furniture displayed in Regency period room settings, fine art, and the Museum of Childhood with toys, dolls, games and playthings from the 18th century to the present
King's Own Royal Regiment Museum Lancaster City of Lancaster Military Located in the Lancaster City Museum
Lancaster Castle Lancaster Castle.jpg Lancaster City of Lancaster History Medieval castle, court and prison
Lancaster City Museum Lancaster City of Lancaster Local City's history, social history, King's Own Royal Regiment Museum, fine art
Lancaster Maritime Museum Maritime Museum, south bank of River Lune, Lancaster - geograph.org.uk - 53108.jpg Lancaster City of Lancaster Maritime website, shipbuilding, harbour trades, merchant trading, fishing, social and natural history of the bay, local ports
Leighton Hall Leighton Hall.jpg Yealand Conyers City of Lancaster Historic house 18th-century Georgian house with 19th-century Gothic exterior, Gillow furniture, gardens
Lytham Heritage Centre Lytham Fylde Local website, local history and art exhibits
Lytham Windmill Museum Lytham windmill - geograph.org.uk - 1081897.jpg Lytham Fylde Mill website, 19th-century windmill with exhibits about the mill, millers, local history and culture
Mid Pennine Gallery Burnley Burnley Art website
Museum of Lancashire Preston Preston History County history, culture, life in World War II, military history
Pendle Heritage Centre Pendle Heritage Centre. Park Hill Barrowford Nelson Lancashire BB9 6JQ - geograph.org.uk - 1832391.jpg Barrowford Pendle Local Local and social history, culture, art, visitor centre
Peter Scott Gallery Lancaster City of Lancaster Art website, art gallery of Lancaster University
Platform Gallery Clitheroe Ribble Valley Art website, contemporary crafts gallery
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum Queenstreetmill.jpg Burnley Burnley Industry Operational 19th-century steam-powered weaving mill
Queen's Lancashire Regiment Museum Fulwood Barracks - geograph.org.uk - 137790.jpg Preston Preston Military Located in Fulwood, regimental history and memorabilia
Ribble Discovery Centre Lytham Fylde Natural history website, ecology and natural history of the Ribble and Alt Estuaries
Ribble Steam Railway Preston Preston Railway Heritage railway, museum open on operating days
Ribchester Roman Museum Ribchester Museum - geograph.org.uk - 95657.jpg Ribchester Ribble Valley Archaeology website, area Romano-British history and artifacts
Ripley's Believe It or Not! Blackpool Blackpool Amusement Located at Pleasure Beach Blackpool
Rufford Old Hall Rufford Old Hall, 2009.jpg Rufford West Lancashire Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 16th-century Tudor great hall where young William Shakespeare once performed; collections of furniture, arms, armour and tapestries; gardens
Ruskin Library Ruskin Library Lancaster University.jpg Lancaster City of Lancaster Biographical Part of the University of Lancaster, exhibits from its collections of pictures, books, manuscripts and photographs relating to the Victorian writer and artist John Ruskin
Samlesbury Hall Samlesbury Hall - geograph.org.uk - 150049.jpg Samlesbury South Ribble Historic house Restored medieval manor house
South Ribble Museum and Exhibition Centre Leyland South Ribble Local website, local history, culture, art exhibits, textile, rubber and motor industries
Towneley Hall Towneley Hall 03.jpg Burnley Burnley Multiple Exhibits include natural history, Egyptology, local history, textiles, decorative art and regional furniture, and an art gallery
Turton Tower Turton Tower.jpg Chapeltown Blackburn with Darwen Historic house Tudor house reflecting Tudor and Victorian eras
Weaver's Cottage Rawtenstall Rossendale Historic house information, website, 18th-century weaver's cottage with working hand looms, Victorian kitchen
Weavers' Triangle Burnley Weavers' Triangle - geograph.org.uk - 4120.jpg Burnley Burnley Industry Includes the visitor center with Victorian schoolroom and weaver's dwelling, canal toll house, and Oak Mount Mill Engine House
The Whitaker Rawtenstall Rossendale Multiple website, local history, fine art, natural history, period Victorian rooms, fashion and furniture, art exhibits; formerly the Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery
Whitworth Heritage Museum Whitworth Rossendale Local information, local history
Yorkshire Dales Mining Museum - Earby Earby Pendle Mining information, lead mining artifacts, currently closed for refurbishment

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