Bosses at the Museum of Lancashire say the attraction could have faced closure if a massive refurbishment had not taken place.
The project, funded by a £900,000 Lottery grant, has led to a four fold increase in visitors to the museum in Stanley Street, Preston.
The museum reopened in 2012 with a host of new exhibitions and interactive galleries, which manager Charlotte Steel says gave the attraction “a new lease of life.”
She says; “It really is tremendous the difference it has made.
“We wanted to make the museum a family friendly destination and we have been able to redo the displays and exhibits to make it a place families want to come and visit.
The museum now has eight new galleries with displays about Lancashire lifestyles such as holidays and entertainment.
The building is housed in one of the city’s former court buildings, next to HMP Preston and historians are busy researching crime and punishment and the history of Lancashire Constabulary.
Charlotte says; “We really could not have done any of this withoiut the funding we have had from the Lottery. If that money had not been available, chances are, in the current economic climate we probably would not be open now.”
Since the lottery began 19 years ago good causes in Lancashire have benefited to the tune of a staggering £394 million.
During this time organisations, groups and charities in the Preston area have received a total of 877 grants which amounts to £98,162,935.
The total amount of lottery funding in other areas includes:
• Chorley 665 grants with a total value of £27,657,936
• South Ribble 362 grants worth £12,929,778.
• Fylde 256 worth f £13,097,678
• Wyre 424 grants with a total value of £11,832,739
• Lancaster 845 worth £40,948,375.
• Ribble Valley 347 worth £9.1 m