Lancashire recommends... Five museums
Here is our list of the county's most popular museums
Two galleries tell the fascinating story of Fleetwood’s hugely successful endeavours at deep sea fishing and inshore fishing. Vistors are invited to discover more about a fisherman’s life and see how cockles, mussels, shrimps and salmon were harvested from the Morecambe Bay. There is also information about Fleetwood’s founder, Sir Peter Hesketh Fleetwood and Decimus Burton, who designed and began building the new seaside town.
The town’s heyday as a Victorian seaside resort, its cargo trade, ferry services, its lifeboats and brave lifeboat men, the docks, and the invaluable and heroic role trawler men played during the wars, are all uncovered here. Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am until 4pm.
The Grade I listed building is Lancaster’s oldest town house. It was originally home to Thomas Covell, Keeper of Lancaster Castle and notorious witch hunter. Between 1776 and 1975 the house became an impressive residence for judges visiting the Assize Court at nearby Lancaster Castle.
The museum is now home to a renowned collection of Gillow furniture which is displayed in fabulous Regency period room settings, fine art and also the enchanting Museum of Childhood which explores toys and games from the 18th century to the present.
Open Monday to Saturday.
Ribchester Roman Museum
The museum, which is Lancashire’s only specialist Roman centre, celebrated its centenary in 2014. It includes the Romano-British history of the town interactive 3D model of 3rd Century AD Ribchester will allow people to explore a reconstructed fort, bathhouse and neighbouring settlement using state of the art computer gaming technology. Visitors can also see the Roman Baths.
Lancashire Infantry Museum
Lancashire Infantry Museum, in Fulwood Barracks, is the largest Regimental archive for military historical research in the North of England.
It houses the achievements, records and artefacts of the historic infantry regiments of Lancashire which now form part of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment. The museum details everything from early action such as the American War of Independence, to items used during modern day conflicts such as Afghanistan. Open from 10am to 4pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Museum of Lancashire
Celebrate the achievements of famous Lancastrians and discover the objects and hidden stories of people past and present who have helped to shape the county with displays, interactives and activities. Open Wednesday to Saturday. Located in Stanley Street. Free admission.
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