Plaque with Acrobats, Pierre Pénicaud

Come to Lancashire and learn about the history of Preston. With some of Britain’s best collections of art and artefacts, a trip to Lancaster would not be complete without a visit to the Harris Museum and Art Gallery.

Public libraries were popular town additions during the 1800’s as the people of Preston demanded a place to learn. The museum and gallery first opened its doors in 1893 and the building is now a Grade I Listed Building.

The museum houses a fantastic collection of artefacts from Lancashire, as well as from elsewhere in the UK. It’s collection is a mixture of archaeological finds, fine art, and textiles. It owns the largest collection of Mrs French perfume bottles, as well as a collection of Horrocks label dresses from the 1920’s. Visitors will have the chance to view all of the gallery’s fine art and ceramics, as well as being taken on themed guided tours.

Located in the heart of Lancashire in the town of Preston, the museum is located in an area of urban living with everything a tourist might need on their doorstep. Just a stone’s throw away is the much-loved Pleasure Beach in Blackpool, which visitors to the museum should definitely find time for in their trip!


Harris Museum and Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 1PP
Tel: 01772 258248
Times: Monday, 11.00 – 17.00
Tuesday – Saturday, 10.00 – 17.00