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City Museum | Lancaster

Market Square

01524 64637

City Museum | Lancaster

City Museum is situated in the heart of this historic city 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.  A wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes. Changing programme of temporary exhibition.


Lancaster City Museum is housed in the former Town Hall, built in 1781-83 to the design of Major Jarrett and Thomas Harrison. Opened in 1923 the museum has built up collections, which stylishly illustrate the history and archaeology of Lancaster and the surrounding area, from the Neolithic age to the present day.


The Museum of the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment (4th Foot) was established in 1929, and now forms a permanent display within the City Museum; occasionally also mounting temporary exhibitions.


Our museum has recently been named a Quality Assured Visitor Attraction by Enjoy England - the official tourist board for England and joins other prestigious visitor attractions such as The London Eye, Imperial War Museum and Liverpool Cathedral.


Admission is free.


The City Museum is open Mondays to Saturdays (10am-5pm) all year round and is also open on Bank Holidays (except for the Sundays).


If visiting by bike, cycle racks are available both in New Street Square and in Market Square between the museum and the library.