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Best Museums and Art Galleries In Lancashire

We've rounded up the best museums and art galleries in Lancashire in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 97 Lancashire museums and art galleries to pick from.Alternatively, why not explore some other sightseeing days out nearby, including tourist attractions. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the museums and art galleries we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

Find your perfect day out

Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library

  • Preston
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, is a family-friendly museum with loads of hands-on activities to get stuck into at whatever time of day y...

Lancashire Infantry Museum

  • Fulwood
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

History buffs, this is one for you. Lancashire Infantry Museum is the largest regimental archive in Northern England and is packed with costumes, cra...

Oswaldtwistle Mills

  • Accrington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Oswaldtwistle Mills is home to a host of popular attractions for people of all ages, including a brand new 12-hole mini golf course which winds throu...

The Whitaker

  • Rawtenstall
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Set in a stunning park area in the heart of Rossendale Valley, The Whitaker (previously Rossendale Museum & Art Gallery) is a local Lancashire ge...

Clitheroe Castle Museum

  • Clitheroe
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Clitheroe Castle Museum is now fully open after a complete makeover, the Museum stands high on Castle Hill, in the shadow of the Castle Keep, an imag...

Bolton Museum Aquarium and Archive

  • Bolton
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At Bolton Central Library and Museum we have a wide range of activities and resources to entertain the whole family. You can visit the cool on site a...

Towneley Hall Museum

  • Burnley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Towneley Hall Museum is a Burnley's Art Gallery and Museum set in the town's largest park provides a wonderful day out for all the family. With an ex...

The Fusilier Museum

  • Bury
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Fusilier Museum is home to the collection of the XX Lancashire Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, commemorating over 300 years of his...



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Queen Street Mill Textile Museum

  • Burnley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Queen Street Mill Textile Museum allows you to experience the days when cotton was king and steam ran the world. You will be amazed to see the fascin...

Touchstones Museum and Gallery

  • Rochdale
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Kids are not allowed to touch anything in museums - boring, right? Touchstones Museum in Rochdale, however, is different. Created to make history eng...

Museum of Transport

  • Cheetam Hill
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Take a trip back in time with one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams at the Museum of Transport. From a Victorian...

Salford Museum and Art Gallery

  • Salford
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ready to discover a true local gem? Take the kids to Salford Museum and Art Gallery and journey back in time with a fascinating collection of permane...

The Lowry

  • Salford Quays
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Lowry is full of colourful things to see and do. Kids love The Lowry's bright orange staircases, sloping blue floors and purple and glass walls b...

IWM North

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Imperial War Museum North

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Imperial War Museum North, or IWM North, provides an exciting free day out for all the family and brings to life stories of how war has shaped lives...

Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Blackpool

  • Blackpool
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Ripley’s Believe it or Not Blackpool is home to the most mind boggling exhibits you’re likely to see anywhere. Conceived by the ‘Modern Day Marco Pol...

The Peoples History Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bless your little one’s cotton socks and bring your family to The People’s History Museum.  Come and learn about the importance of Manchester’s cotto...

National Football Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The National Football Museum is a great place for the active family to have some fun and learn more about your favourite sport! Throughout the museum...

Science and Industry Museum3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

A delectable mix of science, industry and history makes the Science and Industry Museum an exciting and educational day out for kids and adults alike...

Greater Manchester Police Museum

  • Manchester
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

At the Greater Manchester Police Museum, discover the stories of cops and robbers while learning loads about local history in one of the city’s earli...

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