City Museum

Display at the City Museum, Lancaster

Display at the City Museum, Lancaster

Covid-19 update

The City, Cottage and Maritime museums are currently closed. We do not have a confirmed date for reopening, but will publicise our plans once they are in place. In the meantime please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

The City Museum is housed in Lancaster's former town hall, an elegant Georgian building constructed in 1781-3 to the designs of Major Thomas Jarrett and Thomas Harrison.

The museum itself was founded in 1923 and its collections illustrate the history and archaeology of the city of Lancaster. It is also home to the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum.

  • Discover more about Lancaster’s past from the Romans to the present day
  • Trace Lancaster's regimental history from 1680 onwards at the King's Own Royal Regiment Museum
  • See the wonderful collection of portraits and landscapes on display
  • Regularly changing exhibitions, events and activities for families


  • Admission free

Daily opening times

Monday 10am-5pm (Summer opening hours from 29 July to 26 August)
Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

All museums are open on all bank holidays between Easter and October.

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Last updated: 16 July 2020