Lancaster City Museum

Discover more about the City of Lancaster, one of England’s Heritage Cities, from the pre-historic era, through to today. Our immersive galleries are packed with objects and stories. Visit the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, housed within the same building, and explore the history of this wonderful city and its people. 

Above: Photos Steve Pendrill


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.

Opening Times

Open Tuesday to Sunday

10:00am to 5:00pm 

Admission Charges

Admission to the City Museum and King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum is Free

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

Current Exhibition

Our brand new exhibition, Morecambe the Naples of the North is now open.


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. 

A hearing loop is available.

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


Download our Visual Story, including Sensory Maps: Sensory Floor Plan City Museum

Download our Access Statement for a more in-depth look at our museum: Lancaster City Museum Access statement


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 

You can also contact us on Twitter and Facebook.


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 with a series of walks through and around the city, helping you to explore Lancaster’s fascinating past!

Click here to find out more.