One of Lancashire’s most important museums, The Harris, has now closed for the next three years to be refurbished, but that doesn’t mean the county doesn’t have other fantastic museums to see in its place .
Lancashire is home to a variety of different museums, each unique to the region in which it is located and full of interesting facts and historical memories for all to enjoy.
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Castle museums, war museums, textile museums and so many other variations of places to learn more about Lancashire history are available to visit.
Here are some of the interesting and unique museums the county has to offer.
Clitheroe Castle Museum
Overlooking the picturesque village of Clitheroe is the magnificent castle which in itself is full of the history and past of the area.
Tucked away in a smaller building, the museum is located on the grounds of the castle in the Old Steward’s House, a Grade II listed building that was built in the 18e century.
The museum guides visitors through the shaping of the landscape seen today by exploring why the Ribble Valley is a haven for unique wildlife while moving through the galleries, the captivating history of the castle and its surroundings continues to unfold.
An adjoining gift shop and cafe can be found in this unique museum, making it a fun day out for all.
Helmshore Mills Textile Museum
In the beautiful rural area of ââRossendale, you’ll get a glimpse into the history of the region’s flour milling.
The Helmshore Mills Textile Museum takes visitors to the county’s industrial past through a multisensory experience filled with sounds and noises identical to what would have been heard back then.
While witnessing the historic machinery in action; loud clicks, thuds, thuds and distinctive scents will transport visitors to another era.
Lancashire Infantry Museum
Home to one of the largest and most important collections of infantry regiments in the country, this museum located in Fulwood Barracks in Preston offers a glimpse into Lancashire’s military history.
The museum is home to 120 separate units, including the 59 battalions formed by previous regiments during World War I, and all associated militia, rifle volunteer, territorial, national guard and cadet units.
Lancaster Maritime Museum
For a glimpse into Lancaster’s rich maritime history, this museum is definitely worth a visit.
Visitors will have the chance to board a full-size Lancaster boat and be transported through the hustle and bustle of the Lancaster Canal during its heyday and learn about the life of a fisherman cramming the along the coast, to experience the dangers of crossing the quicksand of Morecambe Bay.
Learn about the history of Lancaster’s ointment trade with the Georgian Customs House, and experience the touch and smell of exotic imported goods at Lancaster Wharf.
Opened in the early 1970s as a collection of local history, the museum brings together, preserves, interprets and shares the rich history of Fleetwood.
Perfect for a fascinating, family-friendly trip back in time to explore the city’s heritage from its Victorian origins, its world-renowned fishing industry and the home of the famous Fisherman’s Friend pastilles.
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery
This fascinating museum and art gallery is one of the first purpose-built free museums to open outside London in 1874.
Filled with captivating collections spanning fine art, decorative arts, Egyptology, coins, manuscripts, natural history, social history, and South Asia, this museum would make a great day out with the family for everyone.
With over 1,000 Japanese prints, 5,000 examples of coins and silver, 500 books and manuscripts, and the largest collection of icons outside of London, there is much to see here in the iconic Blackburn Museum. .
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum
This museum has a rich textile history in the Burnley and, as the last 19th century steam loom in the world, it is definitely worth a visit.
Tours of the Grade 1 listed building provide a glimpse of the milling days allowing visitors to relive the days when cotton was king.
Demonstrations at the museum feature the ‘Peace’ steam engine and coal-fired boilers, learn more about the winding and pulling of the pirn and visit the weaving workshop, which still contains 308 Lancashire looms.
There are so many different museums to offer a fascinating insight into various aspects of the county’s history – which Lancashire museum is your favorite?
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