history museums in Lancashire
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Lancashire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Lancashire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Lancashire Museums and Galleries

blank tabHARRIS MUSEUM & ART GALLERYMuseums & Galleries
Market Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP
The Harris Museum & Art Gallery is located right in the heart of Preston City Centre and hosts a wide-ranging programme of exhibitions and events each season. Discover contemporary art, fine art, decorative art and historic collections of national significance. Discover what makes Preston special in our history gallery 'Discover Preston'. Entry is free, visitors can also enjoy lunch, shop for gifts or simply spend time relaxing in the most striking architectural space in the city. View our events programme online and join us for a talk, tour or workshop. If you have special requirements or a particular interest then please call ahead and we will endeavour to meet your needs. There's always plenty for families to see and do too, for the latest events and activities take a look at the website.
Tel: 01772 258248
E-mail: harris.museum@preston.gov.uk
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Peter Scott Gallery

Lancaster University, Lancaster, LA1 4YW
Tel: 01524 593057     E-mail: galleryenquiries@lancaster.ac.uk
Web: www.peterscottgallery.com

Peter Scott Gallery offer a varied programme of exhibitions, with free entry to the general public.

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Ribchester Roman Museum

Riverside, Ribchester, Preston PR3 3XS
Tel: 01254 878261     E-mail: ribchestermuseum@btconnect.com
Web: www.ribchestermuseum.org

The Romano-British history told through the archaeology of Bremetenacum Veteranorum (Ribchester).

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Commercial Vehicle Museum

King Street, Leyland, Lancashire, PR25 2LE
Tel: 01772 451011     Web: www.bcvm.co.uk

Journey through time exploring almost 120 years of transport, a unique display of historic commercial vehicles and buses.

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Louis Tussauds Waxworks

87-89 Central Promenade, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 5AA
Tel: +44 (0) 871 282 9200

Displays of wax models and tableaux. Grand Hall with models of the Royal Family, politicians, film stars, famous artists and authors. Chamber of Horrors and Anatomy Exhibition (optional extra charge of £1.00). Adults£5.00. Senior Citizens £3.50. Children (5 - 16 yrs) £3.50. Family tickets from £15.00 (call for details).

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Blackpool Model Village & Gardens

East Park Drive, Stanley Park, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY3 9RB
Tel: 01253 763827     E-mail: modelvillage@tiscali.co.uk
Web: www.blackpoolmodelvillage.com

Blackpool's award winning attraction the Blackpool Model Village & Gardens has been serving the Lancashire community since the late 1960's. We specialize in bringing smiles and laughter to our visitors and our staff can always be relied upon to be friendly and helpful. Marvel at the many hand crafted models and figures that represent life's rich tapestry. Step back in time to those bygone days when life seemed to move at a slower pace, from a Scottish Castle, protected by it's ranks of Guardsmen to a tranquil Cornish fishing village. From thatched cottages to a Tudor village whose residents enjoy a cricket match on the village green.

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The Grundy Art Gallery

Queen St, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1PX
Tel: 01253 478170  Email: stuart.tulloch@blackpool.gov.uk

Victorian oils and water colours, contemporary prints, modern British paintings, display of old Blackpool plus special exhibitions. Monday - Saturday 10.00am - 5.00pm. Closed Sundays and Bank Holidays. Free admission.

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Blackpool Lifeboat Station & Visitor Centre

Central Promenade, Blackpool, Lancs, FY1 5YA
Tel: 01253 620424     E-mail: blackpool@rnli.org.uk
Web: www.rnli.org

A splendid lifeboat station standing in the shadow of the Tower. It includes an exciting visitor centre with interactive displays, viewing gallery, panels depicting the history of the station, and a souvenir shop. Blackpool is one of only two stations to have three inshore lifeboats-an Atlantic 75 & two D class inflatables.

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Great Promenade Show

New South Promenade, Blackpool, Lancs
Tel: 01253 478104     E-mail: suzy.west@blackpool.gov.uk
Web: www.greatpromenadeshow.co.uk

The Great Promenade Show is an outdoor exhibition of features by some of the UK's leading artists and designers. Lighting features, sculptures and constructions will amaze you with their ingenuity, innovation and sheer scale. It is a variety show or art; some will inspire you, other will frighten you, make you laugh or simply make you think. At night the show takes on other dimensions.

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