Lancaster City Museum


Here you can discover more about the City of Lancaster, one of England’s Heritage Cities, from the pre-historic era, through to today. Visit the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, housed within the same building, and explore the story of this wonderful city and its people. 

City Mannequin


 Opening times 

Open Tuesday to Sunday (Plus Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays through the summer holidays) 

10:00am to 5:00pm (Please note that we will be closed between 12:30 and 1:15 for additional cleaning)

No booking required 

All areas of the museum are open! 

 Please see the web pages for our other museums to see their opening days and times.

Your Safety 

We want to make sure that you feel safe visiting, and that you are not putting yourself or others at risk. Several changes to our normal operation have been introduced. Please visit our We’re Good to Go! page for further information about what you can expect during your visit. 


It is always free to visit the City and King’s Own Royal Regiment Museums. 


The ground floor is completely accessible and can be reached via the main steps or a ramp by the entrance to Lancaster Library, next door. 

The first floor is accessed by the main internal staircase. There is a stair lift which is regrettably not accessible to some of the larger, heavier wheelchairs. In the event of an evacuation, wheelchair users will be evacuated using the museum evac chair, by a trained member of staff. For this reason, only one wheelchair can be permitted on the first floor at any one time.  

A hearing loop is available.

We can accommodate prams on the ground floor but not upstairs, ask the museum assistant on reception where you can leave your pram.

Please download our Access Statement for a more in-depth look at our museum. Lancaster City Museum Access statement

About the Museum

The impressive City Museum is housed in Lancaster’s former town hall, sat right on the edge of the busy Market Square. The elegant Georgian building was built between 1781-3 to the designs of Major Thomas Jarrett and Thomas Harrison. 

The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its wonderfully varied collection and dioramas brilliantly lead visitors through the social and industrial history, archaeology of Lancaster, and the stories of the people who have made the city what it is todayEnjoy our fine art collection, and the programme of changing exhibitions.

The City Museum building is also home to the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, a fascinating insight into the military heritage of the city’s own regiment from 1680 onwards. 


There are no public toilets available on site. The closest public toilets are located in St. Nicholas’ Arcade.

As we do not have public toilets, we do not have baby changing facilities on site. 

Getting here

The City Museum is prominently positioned in Market Square. It is within walking distance of both the train and bus stations, as well as all of the pay and display car parks. 

Look out for the finger post signs around the city, which will help you to find us. 

Group and School visits

If you plan to visit us for a self-guided tour within a large group (over 12 people) please contact us in advance. 

If you are a school and wish to visit, please find the relevant information on our History Detectives Learn Pages. 

Contact Us

Lancaster City Museum, Market Square, Lancaster, Lancashire, LA1 1HT 

Email:  | Telephone: 01524 64637 

Above: Photos Steve Pendrill


The Friends of the Lancaster City Museum

Visit the Friends of Lancaster City Museum Facebook Page for details on how you can join, and support the City and King’s Own Royal Regiment museums. 

You can access a series of talks and events through the Friends. 

Walks with Stories

Join Lancaster Museums as they guide you along a series of walks through and around the city, helping you to explore Lancaster’s fascinating past!

Click here to find our more.