Lancaster Maritime Museum


Here you can discover more about Lancaster and Morecambe’s relationship with the ocean, life in the places between land and sea, and how our inland waterways have shaped lives, work and leisure. 



Opening times

Until 31 October 2021

Open every day 

10:00am to 4:00pm (Please note that last admission is 3:30pm and we will be closed between 12:30 and 1:00 for additional cleaning)

No booking required 

All areas of the museum are open 

1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022

Open every day 

12:00pm (noon) to 4:00pm 


Please see the web pages for our other museums to see their opening days and times, as each museum is different.

Current Exhibition: Memorial to Zong, by Turner Prize winning artist Lubaina Himid

Memorial to Zong

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. 


We are not currently charging an admission fee. Donations very welcome. 


All areas (except the Mezzanine level) are physically accessible to all visitors, with lift access available to the exhibition galleries. Please feel free to call or email the museum for more details before your visit. 

Please download our Access Statement for an in-depth look at our museum Maritime Museum Access Statement 2019 (1)

About the Museum

Lancaster Maritime Museum occupies two historic buildings on St. George’s Quay, the city’s main 18th century harbour. 

The museum was opened in 1985 in the former Custom House of 1764, designed by Richard Gillow. It also incorporates the upper floor of the neighbouring warehouse, where goods were stored after being shipped into the port from all over the world  

Explore these atmospheric and fascinating buildings and discover the history of the Port of Lancaster, the local fishing industry and life in the spaces between land and sea. You can experience the treacherous crossing of the sands, sit in a packet boat on the Lancaster Canal, and hear about life on and around Morecambe Bay. Discover Lancaster’s darker side, as we uncover the city’s involvement in the Transatlantic slave trade and how many families grew their wealth from the trade in enslaved Africans and slave-produced goods.


There are gender-neutral public toilets available on site, two are on the ground floor and one is accessible for wheelchair users (please be aware that there is no emergency cord).

There are baby changing facilities on site within our ground floor toilets.

We have a small tearoom and a gift shop.

Pay and Display parking is available at the rear and blue badge parking is available at the front of the museum.

Quayside Tea Room

Open 10:30am to 3:00pm for drinks and snacks


Getting here

The Maritime Museum is located by the River Lune on St George’s Quay. It is within walking distance of the bus station (five minutes) and train station (fifteen minutes), as well as pay and display car parks.

The Lune cycle path runs close to the museum. 

Group visits/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 Maritime Museum, Custom House, St George’s Quay, Lancaster, LA1 1RB

Email:  |  Telephone: 01524 382264 

Friends of the Lancaster Maritime Museum

Visit the Friends of Lancaster Maritime Museum website for details about how you can join, and support the museum.

The Friends hold a Monthly Talks Programme, and a reciprocal membership with the Lancaster Engineering Society.

See their Spring/Summer Programme here FOLMM Upcoming Talks